A 53-year-old farmer was charged yesterday with killing his second wife and burying her body behind his house to hide the evidence.
The killing took place on Wednesday morning at On Lik’s house in Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district.
Mr Lik was charged with premeditated murder and faces a life sentence if convicted.
Provincial court prosecutor Ith Sothea said Mr Lik was arrested on Wednesday.
Sandan district deputy police chief Sok Vichet said the accused and victim Keo Sokunthear, 38, had contacted and got to know each other through Facebook in 2016.
Mr Lik told the victim he was a widower. He and Ms Sokunthear, who was a widow, became boyfriend and girlfriend. They later came to live as husband and wife without getting married at the accused’s farm. They had been living together for two years in the village.
Mr Vichetre said that a few days before the murder, the first wife of the accused, who lived in Baray district, visited him at the farm.
She saw her husband and the victim living together. The women got into an argument. Afterwards, the first wife went back home. The accused and the victim argued constantly after that.
Mr Vichet said that on Wednesday they argued over him lying that he was a widower despite having a wife and children.
During the argument, Ms Sokunthear asked for a divorce and tried to leave the accused. The accused did not agree.
“He was angry at the victim for wanting a divorce and wanting to leave him,” Mr Vichetre said. “He strangled her with the cord of a hammock.”
“After killing her, he moved her body to the farm behind his house. He dug a grave and buried her to hide the evidence,” he added.
However, a villager who living near the accused’s farm saw him burying the body and reported it to police.
Provincial police, in collaboration with the provincial prosecutor, then arrested the accused at his house.
Police then brought him to inspect the grave and retrieve the body.
Ms Sokunthear had no relatives, so she was cremated at a pagoda in Sandan district.