Russian news channel Life News reports the following on the incident between Nikolay Zherdev and his wife:
The incident occurred at around 4 pm in front of the restaurant Osteria di Campagna.
According to Zherdev's wife, Evgenia Chernova, 33, she was not with her husband at the restaurant. Nikolay was at the restaurant and called his wife to come and pick him up. He also told his wife to hurry up and that he didn't want to wait for long. Evgenia describes Nikolay being in a bad mood that day.
Evgenia drove to the restaurant, parked the car and waited for Nikolay to come to the car. Nikolay went to the car, but couldn't get in as Evgenia had locked the doors. Apparently meant as a joke, but it only angered Nikolay.
"He grabbed the first thing he found - a metal object - and started pounding on the car", Evgenia told the police. "At the same time he yelled at me that he was going to kill me."
An eyewitness of the incident, a security guard of the restaurant, Vyacheslav, told his own version of the story, noting that it was Chernova who provoked the incident.
"When she arrived, especially in the beginning, she kept going back and forth, teasing him. That's when the man lost his nerves. He grabbed a road triangle and hit the car twice."
Interestingly, according to Vyacheslav, Zherdev never shouted 'I will kill you', but 'I love you'.
Nonetheless, Chernova hurried away and left the scene. After an hour she returned, accompanied by police officers.
According to preliminary estimates, the damage Zherdev caused to the car is worth around $35 000.
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