A 54-year-old military officer, who is also a timber businessman in Koh Kong province, was charged yesterday by the provincial court over the murder of his second wife.
The murder happened on February 13 at about 8.30pm at the victim’s house in Khemarak Phumin city’s Smach Meanchey commune.
Provincial police officer Chan Bun said Seng Vibol was charged with intentional murder and unauthorized holding of weapons. He has now been sent to prison.
He identified the victim as Hean Theoun, 50, a farmer and the suspect’s second wife. She was shot twice in the chest and died instantly at her home.
Keo Bunsan, deputy police chief of Khemarak Phumin city, said the suspect, who was a jealous man, got drunk and had an argument with his wife on the night of her murder.
He said the suspect beat Ms Theoun during the argument. She then asked for a divorce as well as some money and land in order to support and feed her three children, but he refused.
“He was angry at the victim for asking for a divorce. He then took an AK-47 rifle and fired two bullets into her chest, causing her instant death,” he said. “After killing her, he put his rifle into his car and fled the scene.”
The suspect was arrested on Sunday in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, where he was hiding with his first wife, Mr Bunsan added.
He was later transferred from police in Pursat Province to Koh Kong provincial police, who have jurisdiction over the case.