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Man waits at police station to confess to killing his wife

Updated Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 | 9:22 a.m.

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Richard Magdayo Dahan

A 40-year-old man walked in to a Metro Police station Friday and admitted killing his wife after a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Richard Magdayo Dahan signed in at the front desk at Metro’s Northwest Area Command and waited 20 minutes for his name to be called so that he could confess to killing his wife, 28-year-old Daisy Dahan, police said.

Officers immediately took Dahan into custody and searched his apartment in the 6500 block of Vegas Drive. Once inside, they discovered Dahan’s wife of two years dead from multiple stab wounds, police said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the two had been having marital difficulties, but there was no known history of domestic violence, police said.

Dahan was arrested and booked into Clark County Detention Center on a count of murder.

According to a Metro Police arrest report, the couple married in October 2011 in the Philippines. They lived there for seven months before they moved to Las Vegas and the trouble began, police said.

Dahan reportedly told police that his wife became jealous and demanding. She disliked him seeing an ex-girlfriend, with whom he had two children, and became angry when he gave money to the children, the report said.

At the same time, Dahan said, he received a kidney transplant and lost his job as a chef at Mandalay Bay.

The couple’s relationship continued to deteriorate to the point his wife wanted a divorce, the report said. Dahan refused, saying it was unacceptable because his parents had stayed married until his father died. She responded by throwing and breaking things, according to the report.

The relationship reached a boiling point on Friday, when Daisy Dahan asked again for a divorce and wanted Dahan to sign the paperwork, police said. Dahan became angry and stabbed her with multiple knives, according to the arrest report.

He told officers that he felt killing his wife was the only thing left for him to do, according to the report.

This was the first homicide of the new year within Metro’s jurisdiction.

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