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Wife killer claims self-defence

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

A 38-year-old motorbike taxi driver yesterday admitted beating his wife but claimed he did not intend to kill her and was only defending himself, during his trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Sar Oeun is facing a charge of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and faces seven to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Presiding Judge Im Vannak said Chom Chao commune police arrested Mr Oeun on January 6 after he killed his wife Khen Srey Khouch, 35, by beating her head with a metal soup spoon, fracturing her skull, and choking her.
Judge Vannak said that on January 5, Mr Oeun returned to his rental room in Por Senchey district after a night out drinking beer with friends.
Upon his return, an argument with his wife ensued over his late-night drinking.
“He got drunk and was angry at the victim for always scolding him, “ said Judge Vannak.
 “He took a metal soup spoon and beat her head, fracturing her skull. After beating her, he squeezed her throat until she died.”
“After killing the victim, he carried her body to the hospital for treatment to confuse the neighbours and police,” Judge Vannak added. 
Mr Oeun said he did not intend to kill his wife and was defending himself.
“I beat her because I was angry at her for taking the metal soup spoon and beating me first,” Mr Oeun claimed. 
“I then took the metal soup spoon from her hand and hit her on the head.”
“But I did not intend to kill her,” he added. “I regret her death very much.”
Mr Ouen then requested leniency from the court. A verdict is due on July 5.

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