Military official charged over confinement of wife

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The military officer tied his wife with ropes and locked her inside their rental room. CEN

A medical military officer working at the Preah Ket Mealea Hospital was yesterday charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with intentional acts of violence and unlawful confinement over the brutal beating of his wife.

Colonel Yim Sarann, chief of Por Senchey district police, identified the suspect as Captain Oek Samang, 30, who was arrested on Saturday by district police following a complaint filed by his wife Soum Yann, 21.

Col Sarann said that on Friday night, the suspect allegedly tied his wife’s hands and feet with rope and confined her to their rental room in Choam Chao II commune, where he beat her.

“He was a jealous man and always beat his wife over it,” Col Sarann said. “He was arrested by our police in accordance with the victim’s complaint.”

Ms Yann said that she had been living with her husband for about a year at the rental room.

She said that throughout the year, he often beat her after accusing her of having affairs with other men, specifically men that she worked with at the GB Cambodia Company.

Ms Yann said that her husband again made the accusation on Friday night, when he began slapping her in the face. In response, she asked for a divorce.

“He was angry at me for asking him for a divorce,” she said. “He then beat me and caught me and tied both legs and both hands on the bed. He confined me. He locked me inside the rental room and left.”

Ms Yann said that she began yelling for help once her husband left the room and that her pleas for assistance were heard by the house owner, who came to her rescue by reporting the incident to police.

Police then came to her rescue about three hours later, she added.

Col Sarann noted yesterday that the suspect was still being questioned by an investigating judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court and would likely be jailed today pending his trial.

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