A 35-year-old man was arrested in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Chroum district on Tuesday for allegedly beating and torturing his 36-year-old wife.
Sok Sothea, deputy district police chief, identified the suspect as Im Long, a motorbike-taxi driver living in Krasaing commune. He named the victim as Som Sinath, a garment worker in Phnom Penh, and noted the couple had four children.
Mr Sothea said the woman worked at a garment factory in Svay Rieng province last year, but due to her husband’s jealousy, she moved to work in Phnom Penh in January.
Mr Sothea said that on Sunday evening, her husband travelled from Svay Rieng province to meet her at her rental room in Phnom Penh.
He tried to force her to return to their home in Svay Rieng province, but she refused.
“He was angry at the victim for not following him to work in Svay Rieng province. He locked her in her rental room overnight,” he said. “He beat her and tortured her by taking the handle of a broom and hitting her legs.”
“After beating her, he threatened to kill her if she did not go back home,” he added.
Mr Sothea said the suspect left for his home in Svay Rieng province on Monday and the victim went the following day.
But when she arrived home, the suspect caught her and beat her again. She then sought intervention from local police. He added the suspect was arrested later that day in accordance with the victim’s complaint.
Lay Nuth, a police officer with the provincial criminal investigation department, said the suspect was still being detained at provincial police headquarters. “He will be sent to the provincial court for questioning [today],” Mr Nuth said.
Mr Nuth added the suspect was preliminarily charged with intentional acts of violence and faces between two and five years in jail if convicted.