A 22-year-old man was charged on Saturday for pouring acid on his 19-year-old wife and baby son in a jealous rage because his wife left him.
The incident took place at about 7pm last month in Dol village in Kandal province.
Court documents identified the accused as Ouk Kumpheak, a blacksmith from Kampot province’s Angkor Chey district.
Mr Kumpheak was charged with intentional violence with aggravating circumstance and faces between two and five years in jail if convicted.
He was arrested on Thursday in Kampot and has been sent by the investigating judge to prison pending the trial.
Major Veng Thy, deputy chief of Kandal provincial general crimes department, said Mr Kumphea married farmer Var Sreynich in 2016.
Later, they went to live and work in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, where the wife worked as garment worker while the husband worked as a blacksmith. They have a son aged 18 months.
Maj Thy said Mr Kumpheak was a jealous man and often argued with his wife.
He accused her of having an affair with another garment worker, but she denied it.
On January 5, Ms Sreynich left with her son to stay with her parents in another commune after Mr Kumpheak had beaten her.
While she was gone, Mr Kumpheak kept phoning her, pledging his love, and begging her to come back to live with him in Phnom Penh. Ms Sreynich refused.
Maj Thy said that on January 14, Mr Kumpheak drove his motorbike to his wife’s parent’s house in Khsach Kandal commune with a half litre of acid and watched for her near the house.
“He was angry at the victim for stopping loving him and not meeting him,” Major Thy said. “He splashed the acid on her while she was walking and carrying her son near her house.”
“The acid caused her, her son and another woman walking behind serious injuries to their heads, necks and hands,” Maj Thy added. “He then fled on his motorbike.”
Neighbours and the parents of the victims sent them to hospital for treatment.
As of yesterday, the three victims survived and had left the hospital.
Mr Kumpheak has been transferred to penal police in Kandal province to be prosecuted.