Military officer accused of attempted murder

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Sen Sok district police on Wednesday arrested a military officer suspected of shooting his wife in a jealous rage in Toek Thla commune.

Captain Heng Vuth, a district penal police officer, identified the suspect as Major Chhom Chamnan, 39, a military officer working with the Military Region 5 based in Battambang province and living in Toek Thla commune in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Cap Vuth identified the victim as Maj Chamnan’s 35-year-old wife Chea Kimlang, who is a clothes vendor and lives with the suspect.

Cap Vuth noted that at about 11.40pm on Wednesday, Maj Chamnan, who was drunk, got into an argument with his wife at home.

He noted that Maj Chamnan accused Ms Kimlang of having an affair with a man she met at Jin Nan market in Por Senchey’s district Chom Chao I commune, where she works. However, she denied his accusation.

Cap Vuth added that during the argument, Maj Chamnan took out his pistol and fired four bullets at his wife, seriously injuring her.

“He was drunk and jealous of his wife, who he accused of having an affair with another man,” Cap Vuth said. “He then took a pistol and fired four bullets at her, seriously injuring her left hand, stomach and right shoulder.”

Cap Vuth noted that after shooting his wife, Maj Chamnan got into his Highlander car and fled. He was later arrested by commune police at about midnight. Meanwhile, officers sent the victim to hospital.

Cap Vuth added that police seized a pistol, unused bullets, and a Highlander car from Maj Chamnan, before sending him and the evidence seized to Sen Sok district police for further investigation.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, district police chief, yesterday said Maj Chamnan is accused of attempted murder and could face between 10 to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Col Mengvang said the suspect will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.

He noted that Ms Kimlang is still receiving treatment at Preah Kossamak hospital.

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