Police are hunting a 65-year-old man for allegedly hacking his 85-year-old father-in-law to death over a jealous row.
The killing took place at about 7pm on Tuesday at the victim’s house in Kork Trabek village in Siem Reap province.
Captain Chuon Sunleng, chief of staff with Angkor Chum district police, said the victim was Phan Brem, a farmer, who lived in Kork Doung commune.
The suspect was San Chik, also a farmer. The victim and suspect lived in the same house.
Cap Sunleng said that about 6.30pm on Tuesday, Mr Chik, who was a jealous husband, argued with his wife Phan Ak, 38, who was the daughter of the victim.
Mr Chik, who became drunk, accused his wife of having a sexual relationship with a young man in the village.
He said Ms Ak betrayed him and had sex with the young man. He confronted her and told her to admit to the betrayal, but she denied it and refused to confess.
Ms Ak got very angry at him and asked him for a divorce but he did not agree.
Cap Sunleng said that during the argument, Mr Chik became angry at his wife. He closed the door to the house room and beat her.
While Mr Chik was beating his wife, Mr Brem intervened on behalf of his daughter.
Mr Brem blamed Mr Chik and cursed him.
“The suspect was angry with the victim for blaming and cursing him,” Cap Sunleng said. “He took a knife and hacked the victim three times on the neck, causing serious injuries from which he died in the house.”
“After killing the victim, the suspect took the knife and fled into the jungle near the house,” he added.
Ms Ak alerted commune police.
District police chief Colonel Mann Sokhath said police are now hunting Mr Chik, who has hidden in thick forest in Kork Doung commune’s Kork Trabek village.
“District police have been deployed to patrol the forests and search for him in order to arrest him so he can face justice,” he said.
Mr Chik is accused by police of intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.