A junior doctor was beheaded by her boyfriend after she refused to marry him, police say.
Teacher Shyngys Bekenov, 26, proposed to his girlfriend Nazerke Bekzhanova, 21, who had recently graduated from medical university in Kazakhstan.
She refused because her parents did not approve of him, it is believed.
'Furious' over her rejection, he used a knife to sever her head as they sat in his Daewoo Nexia, according to police.
The man then tried but failed to end his own life by stabbing himself in the abdomen after writing a suicide note asking that they should be buried together.
Bekenov has been detained in hospital in a 'grave but stable' condition with knife wounds and will be moved to detention.
He faces a charge of murder with a minimum sentence of 15 years.
His note confirmed he had beheaded the woman after she told him she would marry him, it was reported.
The woman's beheaded body was found in the car near a dam on the edge of Tasboget village, five miles from Kyzylorda city.
A female neighbour of the dead doctor said: 'The parents of the young woman were against this marriage.
'But why did he kill her? We are in shock. We did not expect anything like this.'
The couple had been seen talking animatedly several hours before her body was found.
She had just started her first job at a medical centre after graduating from the medical institute in Aktobe.
He is a high-flying young teacher who had been honoured by the authorities.
'I cannot comprehend how he could do this,' said a friend.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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