Police in Takeo province on Saturday arrested a man accused of killing his wife at their home in Kampong Por village.
Lieutenant Colonel Chhuon Thy, deputy chief of Angkor Borey district police, identified the suspect as 48-year-old Pall Phoeun and the victim as 52-year-old Muth Kheang. Lt Col Thy added that both were farmers who married in 1996 and had five children.
He said that at about 9.30am on Saturday, the suspect, who had a reputation of being jealous when he’s drunk, started drinking rice wine and began an argument with the victim.
Lt Col Thy said the suspect accused the victim of having an affair with a younger man in the village. The victim denied it and scolded the suspect about his drinking habit and jealous tendency.
Lt Col Thy said the response made the suspect angry.
“He had a mental problem,” he said. “He thought his wife betrayed him and he was angry with her because she scolded him.”
“He took an axe and hacked her at least five times on her head, causing her to die at the scene,” Lt Col Thy added. “After killing his wife, he took a machete and slashed her throat.”
He noted that the suspect did not flee the scene and instead stayed with the victim’s body.
Lt Col Thy said 15 minutes after the murder, the couple’s 21-year-old son returned from work, saw his mother’s body and alerted police.
He said the suspect was arrested by Prek Phtorl commune police at about 11am. Police seized an axe and a machete from the suspect.
Major General Sok Samnang, chief of provincial police, yesterday said the suspect is held at provincial penal police department in order to be questioned.
Maj Gen Samnang said the suspect is accused of intentional murder and could face 15 years in prison if convicted.
He will be sent to the provincial court today.