Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 38-year-old woman with attempted murder for trying to poison her 40-year-old husband because she wanted to leave him for a younger man.
Captain Ly Sophal, deputy commander of Por Senchey district military police, identified the accused as Meth Chin, 38, a grocery vendor from Kakab commune.
Cap Sophal said the court charged her with attempted murder and abandonment of minors.
“If she’s convicted, she could be facing 15 to 30 years in prison,” Cap Sophal said. “She was arrested by military police on Saturday after her husband filed a complaint with authorities.”
According to a report by military police, the accused, who has three young children, began having an affair with a younger man last year.
The affair continued throughout 2017 and she neglected her family and her work, according to the police report, which noted that she often stayed at her boyfriend’s home in Chom Chao II commune rather than with her family in Kakab commune.
The report said that on last Thursday the accused planted poison on food that she had prepared for the husband to eat.
After the husband ate the food and lost consciousness, the accused looted money and jewellery from the home and fled to her boyfriend’s house.
The victim was later found by his children after they had arrived home from school. The children then called on neighbours for help and took their father to hospital for treatment.
After he recovered, the husband, Sim Suy, 40, filed a complaint against his wife with Por Senchey district military police, who later arrested her on Saturday at her boyfriend’s house.
Cap Sophal added that the accused has now been detained at Prey Sar prison pending her trial.