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Farmer suspected of beheading wife

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused was upset his wife was leaving. CEN

Banan district police in Battambang province yesterday arrested a 33-year-old farmer suspected of killing his 37-year-old wife.

Major Ream Raing, district deputy police chief, identified the suspect as Yoeun Roeuth, a 33-year-old farmer living in Kanteu commune.The victim was identified as Mr Roeuth’s 37-year-old wife Mann Sophea.

Maj Raing yesterday said both the suspect and victim were construction workers in Thailand, where they unofficially married in 2016. They did not have any children.

Maj Raing said they both quit their jobs in Thailand in 2017 to work as farmers in Banan district. Maj Raing noted that the couple often argued because Mr Roeuth was a jealous man who often got drunk and beat his wife.

He added that Ms Sophea’s parents and relatives urged her to leave her husband. However, their efforts were never successful because Mr Roeuth would not agree to a separation.

Maj Raing said that the couple got into an argument on Monday, when Ms Sophea threatened to leave Mr Roeuth to live with her parents in Kampong Speu province.

Maj Raing added that at 7am on Tuesday, while the wife was preparing to leave, Mr Roeuth took a knife and slashed his wife.

“He was angry with his wife for attempting to leave him, and he was also angry with her family for trying to separate them,” Maj Raing said. “He then took a machete and slashed her neck several times until her head was cut off from her body.”

“After killing his wife, he fled the house,” he added.

Maj Raing noted that their neighbours, who became suspicious of the suspect’s activities, alerted police of the murder about 15 minutes after the incident.

Police then intercepted the suspect in the village and arrested him. They also seized the alleged murder weapon from the suspect.

Mr Roeuth was later sent to Battambang provincial police for questioning and further investigation.

Major General Cheth Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, confirmed yesterday that the suspect admitted committing the crime, saying that he was angry with his wife and her family for separating them.

Maj Vanny said the suspect is accused by police of premeditated murder and faces up to a life sentence if charged and convicted.

The accused is due in provincial court today.

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