Funeral hitch

João Nobre was all set for the funeral of his wife Maria in Santarém on Monday when police smelled a rat. The autopsy report detected “induced asphyxia” while Nobre’s story was that his wife died on the sofa after complaining she felt unwell. He almost got away with it, too – but the morning of the day of the funeral saw him picked up by homicide police in Lisbon, and Nobre is reported to have confessed to the strangulation of his wife by lunchtime.