Stung Sen city police in Kampong Thom province on Monday arrested a man suspected of killing his own mother after he grew tired of her blaming him for being too lazy.
The murder took place at about 2.30pm on Monday afternoon at the victim’s house, which is located in O’Kunthour commune.
Colonel Nhem Chhunly, Stung Sen city police chief, identified the suspect as Soeun Yoeun, 37, a farmer. Col Chhunly identified the victim as Kdol Ang, 54, also a farmer. The victim had four sons and the accused was her third, he noted.
Col Chhunly said the suspect was a former labourer who returned home from Thailand during Pchum Ben at the end of September.
He noted that after the suspect returned home, he always stayed home and did not help his family with farming work.
Col Chhunly said that on the day of the victim’s murder, the victim, who disliked the suspect’s attitude, began blaming him.
Col Chhunly said that when the mother was cursing her son, he began to walk out of the house as she continued to raise her voice at him, blaming him for being lazy. At that time, the suspect’s father and brothers were not at home, he noted.
“While the mother was loudly shouting and blaming him, the suspect grabbed a hoe and began hacking her on the head, causing her to immediately die at the scene,” Col Chhunly said. “After killing his mother, he did not flee the home.”
Col Chhunly noted that a neighbour of the family witnessed the attack and alerted commune police, who then arrived at the home shortly after and arrested the suspect while also seizing the hoe.
“During his police questioning, he admitted committing the offence. He confessed that he killed his mother because he was angry with her for blaming him almost everyday,” Col Chhunly said.
Col Chhunly added that the suspect has been accused of murder and, if convicted, he faces between ten to 15 years in jail.
The suspect will be sent to Kampong Thom Provincial Court for questioning today.