Puok district police in the province of Siem Reap have arrested a man for attempting to burn his wife alive as she was sleeping while under the influence of alcohol at their home in Trey Nhor commune.
Tep Pumsen, Puok district police chief, said that the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when the two were intoxicated. The suspect was then arrested and sent to the provincial police.
A police report identified the suspect as Lenh Lay, 58, and the victim as Roeun Hem, 53. The report also stated that the couple constantly quarrelled while drunk, often leading to domestic abuse.
Nim Sarath, deputy chief of Puok district police, said the suspect burned his wife because he was angry with her for never being sober and not listening to his advice.
“She was drunk and asleep in the hammock under the house and the husband got angry,” he said. “He took a bundle of rice straw and burned it under the hammock as she was sleeping.”
“After the incident, we sent her to the provincial referral hospital and the doctor said Ms Hem could not speak because of her injuries,” he added. “About 40 percent of her body was burned.”
Mr Sareth described the husband as a violent and abusive drunkard.
“Neighbours said the husband was always arguing with his wife and the altercation often got abusive regardless of whether or not he was drunk,” he said.
Phal Soeun, chief of Siem Reap provincial police, confirmed that the suspect was being questioned at the provincial police office and added that he is likely to be sent to court today.