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Police hunting man who killed his family

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The crime scene that was left behind. DAP News

Military police in Tbong Khmum province are seeking to arrest a 48-year-old man suspected of murdering his pregnant wife and two stepsons on Sunday.

Captain Seng Chamroeun, deputy commander of Tbong Khmum district military police, said the murders took place at about 1.30am on Sunday in Tbong Khmum district.

Cap Chamroeun identified the victims as 42-year-old Kheang Soklean, who was two months pregnant, and her two sons, Thoeun Vannak, 17, and Thoeun Theary, 11.

Cap Chamroeun said that Chraing To, 48, is suspected of killing all three victims using a machete to chop them many times before fleeing the scene.

According to a military police report, the suspect, a widower, married the victim, also a widower, last year.

While living with each other, they often argued with each other because the husband was a jealous man, the report said.

The suspect.

The report said the suspect accused his wife of having an affair with another man in their village, a claim she denied.

On Sunday at about 1.30 am, the suspect entered the victim’s house while they were sleeping and killed them by chopping them with a machete before stealing property and fleeing the scene, the report said.

“The suspect entered the house while they were sleeping,” Cap Chamroeun said. “First, the suspect killed his pregnant wife by chopping her many times on her head and neck, killing her immediately.”

“After killing the wife, he killed her two sons by chopping their faces, head and necks. After killing them, he stole about $10,000 and fled,” he added.

Cap Chamroeun said the bodies of the three victims were later found Sunday afternoon by a relative who came to visit them at their home in Thmar Pich commune. The relative then notified police.

Colonel To Chhayleang, commander of Tbong Khmum district military police, said the husband was suspected of carrying out the murders and police were looking to arrest him.​“We are working hard and seeking his arrest in order to punish him,” he said. “We already know his identity. He should be arrested soon.”

A month before the murders, the suspect and victim had an argument that led to a violent beating in which the sons intervened to rescue their mother, according to police.

During the argument, the two sons fought their father-in-law as he beat their mother, police said

After the incident, the victim asked for a divorce and expelled the suspect from their home.

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