Poilice in Kampong Chhnang province’s Boribo district on Sunday arrested a farmer who allegedly hacked his wife to death and injured his nine-year-old son while drunk.
The murder took place at about 7:30 pm on Sunday at the suspect’s house in Anhchanh Roung commune.
Colonel Cheang Sovannarith, district police chief, yesterday iden- tified the suspect as Touch Nhorn, 41, living in the commune’s Andong Roveang village.
He identified the wife as So Thi, 46, also a farmer, and the boy as Nhorn Sokun.
Col Sovannarith said that according to police investigations, Mr Nhorn on Saturday accused his wife of having an affair with a younger man in the village.
He said the couple argued, during which the suspect threatened to kill Ms Thi and ordered her to confess she was having an affair.
Col Sovannarith said the wife denied the accusation.
He said that about 7.30pm on Sunday, Mr Nhorn returned home drunk after having rice wine with some friends in the village.
Col Sovannarith noted that the wife and three sons, including the nine-year-old, were watching TV in the house.
“The suspect in a drunken rage then grabbed an axe and attacked Ms Thi hacking her at least five times on the head and causing her to die on the spot,” he said. “After killing the wife, he attempted to kill all three sons but two of them fled leaving their youngest brother behind.”
“He then hacked the nine-year- old boy, causing serious injuries, before fleeing the house,” Col Sovannarith added.
He said the two other sons alerted police who went to the house and took the boy to the provincial referral hospital for treatment.
Col Sovannarith noted that the boy was sent to the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh where he is still in serious condition.
He said that police later arrested Mr Khorn in the commune at about 9pm and seized an axe from him.
Col Sovannarith said the suspect was taken to the district police station for questioning and was yesterday sent for further questioning by the provincial police.
Brigadier General Pol Vuthy, Provincial General Crimes Department chief, yesterday said Mr Nhom is still being ques- tioned.
He said the suspect has been accused of premeditated murder and faces life in jail if convicted.
Brig Gen Vuthy said Mr Nhorn will be sent to the provincial court today.