Pursat provincial police on Monday arrested a farmer who allegedly hacked his wife dead in a drunken rage in Krakor district.
The murder took place at about 8.30pm on Monday at the couple’s home in Boeng Kantuot commune.
Major Em Run, district deputy police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Mon Samorn, 32, living in the commune’s Trapaing Kley village.
He identified the victim as Yoeun Savin, 33, who worked in a Chinese-owned garment factory in the district.
Maj Run said that Mr Samorn was a jealous man who became suspicious that his wife was having an affair after she started working in the garment factory in 2015.
He said that at about 7pm on the day of the murder, the suspect drank rice wine while his wife was cooking at home.
Maj Run said that Mr Samorn became drunk and started accusing his wife of having an affair with a young man working in the factory. He said Ms Savin denied the accusation.
“He became drunk and had an argument with his wife,” Maj Run said. “He accused her of betraying him by having an affair with her fellow worker.”
“He then picked up a big axe in the house and hacked the victim twice on the neck, causing her to die on the spot,” he added.
Maj Run said that Mr Samorn, who was still drunk, then went out of the house shouting that he had killed his wife before leaving the area.
He said neighbours, including Ms Savin’s relatives, went to the house, saw her body and alerted commune police.
Maj Run noted that police arrested Mr Samorn, who was wandering around the village, at about 9.30pm and seized an axe from him.
Major General Sarun Chanthy, provincial police chief, yesterday said that the suspect is being detained at the provincial penal police department for further investigations.
He noted that police have accused Mr Samorn of premeditated murder and he faces life in jail if convicted.
Maj Gen Chanthy said that the suspect will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.