Battambang Provincial Court charged a former kickboxer yesterday afternoon for allegedly delivering a lethal kick to his wife’s neck, a crime the court prosecutor said was committed in anger.
Major General Cheth Vanny, deputy provincial police chief, identified the accused as Men Pisey, 53, a retired kickboxer from Robous Mangkol commune.
According to Maj Gen Vanny, the accused killed his wife during a heated argument and was yesterday charged by the provincial court with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances.
“She was beaten and the accused delivered a powerful kick causing severe damage to her spine. She died on the spot,” said Maj Gen Vanny, who identified the victim as Chhath Chhom, 52.
“Mr Pisey was questioned by the judge at the provincial court yesterday and he will be sent to the provincial prison on Friday pending his trial,” Maj Gen Vanny added.
Major Keo Soreun, deputy chief of Mong Russey district police, said the suspect was drunk on Wednesday night when he returned home at about 7pm.
“Our investigation found that upon arriving home in the evening, the accused told his wife to prepare a meal for him, a request his wife complied to too late. The accused started an argument inside their home,” he said. “The verbal argument turned physical.”
According to Maj Soreun, the accused got angry and punched his wife multiple times in the forehead and the back of the head.
“He then dragged her outside of the house where he delivered a powerful kick on her neck, killing her immediately,” he said.
The suspect later fled the scene but was arrested by police the same night, he said.
Mr Pisey retired from kickboxing around 15 years ago due to old age. He fought most of his 50 fights in the province of Battambang.
Shortly after retirement, he became a farmer and lived with his wife until the incident last week.
Mr Pisey faces ten years in prison if convicted.