Police in Kampong Thom province on Monday arrested a man suspected of murdering his father during a drunken spat.
The murder took place at about 3.30pm at the victim’s home in Sandan district’s Chhoeuteal commune.
Captain Thour Heang, deputy chief of district police, identified the suspect as 28-year-old farmer Khin Pak, while the victim was identified as the suspect’s 51-year-old father Khin Pech.
Cap Heang said both men lived in the same house in Chhoeuteal village, and that on the day of the murder, they drank three litres of rice wine.
He said after getting drunk, the two men argued and the victim slapped and kicked the suspect.
Cap Heang said the suspect became angry, ran to get a piece of wood from the house, and began bludgeoning the victim to death.
“The son was angry at the father for beating him every time they got drunk,” he said. “He took a piece of wood and hit his father in the head until he lost consciousness in front of their house.”
“After he killed his father, he took a knife and slit his father’s throat,” he added.
He noted that after the incident, the suspect fled from his home, while his mother alerted commune police.
The suspect was then arrested later that day at about 4pm at the commune and sent to the Sandan district police station to be questioned.
Lieutenant Colonel Yin San, an officer with the provincial general crimes department, yesterday said the suspect is accused of intentional murder. If convicted, the suspect could face up to 15 years in prison.
Lt Col San said the suspect confessed that he killed his father because he was angry over the beatings.
The suspect is expected at the court today.