A 33-year-old man was charged yesterday with killing his wife with an axe in a fit of jealousy.
The killing took place on Sunday evening at the accused’s house in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.
Construction worker Norn Nath was charged by the provincial court with premeditated murder and faces a life sentence if convicted.
He was arrested on Monday after he killed his garment worker wife Chhith Mach, 36.
Investigating Judge Kim Ratnaridh said Mr Nath had been sent to prison pending his trial.
Ang Snuol district police officer Captain Kong Sopheap said Mr Nath had a big argument with his wife on the night of her death. Mr Nath accused her of having an affair with a man who worked with her at the garment factory.
During the argument, he beat his wife, who then decided to divorce him.
“The accused was angry at the wife over divorcing him,” Mr Sopheap said. “He then killed her by chopping her neck five times with a big axe. After killing her, he fled from the house.”
The victim’s body was found by her younger sister the next day when she went to ask her to work at her house. The sister reported her discovery to police. Mr Nath was arrested the same morning.
He then told police he killed his wife because she betrayed him.