Kratie Provincial Court on Saturday charged a 49-year-old soldier for allegedly killing his 52-year-old wife in their home last week.
Colonel Chhong Torann, chief of Chhlong district police, identified the accused as Suon Piseth, a 49-year-old soldier living in Damrey Phong commune, in Kratie province’s Chhlong district.
The victim was identified as Yuk Moch, Mr Piseth’s 52-year-old wife who worked as a farmer.
Col Torann said that the accused was charged with intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly killed his wife, he added.
Col Torann said the accused is now in pre-trial detention.
Captain Mao Pheng, a penal police officer working with Damrey Phong commune police, yesterday said that the accused was a widower and unofficially married the victim, who was also a widow, in 2013. They did not have any children together, he added.
Cap Pheng noted that the victim had five children from her previous marriage, including four sons and a daughter. They all lived together in the same house, he added.
Cap Pheng said that about 2pm on Thursday, Mr Piseth and Ms Moch got into an argument about the children. He added that Mr Piseth told Ms Moch to ask the children to help them at the farm, but she refused.
Cap Pheng said Mr Piseth then left to have drinks with his friends in the village, leaving his wife alone at the farm.
He noted that at about 7pm on Thursday, the accused came home drunk and got into another argument with his wife.
“He was drunk and angry at the victim for loving her children, who she had with her previous husband, more than she loved him,” Cap Pheng said. “He then took a cat’s paw nail puller and hacked her several times on her neck from behind, causing her to die on the spot.”
Cap Pheng said that after killing his wife, the accused fled on his motorbike.
Cap Pheng added that after the accused left, a neighbour, who had heard the argument, entered the house and saw the victim’s body. He immediately alerted police, he added.
Cap Pheng said his officers collaborated with Tboung Khmum provincial police to arrest the accused at about 9.30pm on Thursday in Dambe district.