A 58-year-old man was charged by Battambang Provincial Court yesterday over the murder of his wife in Sampao Loun district near the Cambodian-Thai border.
The murder happened on Monday at about 5.30pm at the suspect’s house in Serey Meanchey commune’s Kumnor Beng village.
Deputy district police chief Chea Saroeun said Heou Nhanh, a farmer and former soldier, was charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years if convicted.
Mr Saroeun identified the victim as Chrun Huon, 42, who was beaten and hacked in the neck with a knife and died at the scene from her injuries.
He said the suspect, who was drunk and often jealous of his wife, had an argument with her prior to the incident.
Mr Nhanh accused his wife of having an affair with a young man in the village.
The husband beat her and tried to force her to confess, but she denied the allegations.
“He was angry at the victim for not confessing to her adultery. He beat her and tortured her. Finally, he took a long knife and chopped her on the neck, causing serious injuries,” Mr Saroeun said.
“The victim later died at about midnight due to her injuries.” Mr Saoeun said the suspect did not try to escape, but told his neighbours of the incident instead. He was then arrested by local police at his house on Tuesday morning.