A farmer was arrested yesterday in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district after firing two bullets above his wife as he threatened to kill her because she refused to have sex with him.
Captain Nhean Vuth, chief of staff with Koh Nhek district police, identified the suspect as Khven Bei, 36, from Sok San commune, and the victim as his wife, Khav Ngorn, 33.
Cap Vuth said that on Monday night at about 11.30pm, the suspect returned home after getting drunk with friends who were sharing rice wine.
Upon returning home, the suspect woke up his wife and attempted to have sex with her, Cap Vuth said.
Cap Vuth said the victim refused the advances of her husband, chastising him for being so drunk.
The couple then got into an argument, he added. After the argument, the suspect ran out of the house to retrieve an AK-47 rifle from his farmhouse and returned to the bedroom, threatening to kill his wife.
“He was angry at his wife for refusing to have sex with him and badly blaming him over his drinking habit,” said Cap Vuth. “He then fired two bullets into the air to threaten her. The wife was frightened and ran away to seek help from police.”
Cap Vuth said that after firing the two bullets, the suspect attempted to hide the weapon, which was later found by police upon his arrest just hours after the incident.
Khuon Sary, a provincial police officer, said the suspect was transferred to the provincial police headquarters for questioning.
“He is accused by police of unauthorized weapon possession,” he said. “If convicted, he faces six months to two years in jail.”
Mr Sary added that the suspect would make his first court appearance today.