Takeo Provincial Court yesterday charged a 44-year-old woman after she set her husband on fire in a fit of jealous rage and left him for dead.
Major Kong Chenda, an officer with Bati district police, identified the accused as Hoeung Bona, a farmer in Trapaing Sab commune.
Maj Chenda said that the court charged Ms Bona with attempted murder and she faces up 15 years in prison if convicted.
He said Ms Bona and her husband, Bin Sophal, had an early Monday morning argument about Mr Sophal’s absence from home.
Mr Sophal, a farmer and a construction worker, would often spend time with his first wife in Kandal province, Maj Chenda noted.
“During the argument, the accused, who was the second wife, became angry with her husband for not taking care of her and his second family and for not staying with her for over a month,” Maj Chenda said. “She accused him of caring about his first wife more than her and she took an axe and hacked him many times, causing injuries to his head and shoulder.”
“While the victim was unconscious, she took about a half-litre of gasoline that was in the house and doused him with it,” he added. “She wanted to kill him, so she began burning him alive.”
The victim, who remains in critical condition, was rescued by neighbours who sent him to the provincial referral hospital for treatment.
The accused fled the scene only to be arrested by police in the same village, Maj Chenda added.
Captain Lun Leang, a commune police officer, said that the accused admitted to the crime during her interrogation.
“She confessed that she hacked and burned her husband because she was angry at him for not taking care of her and the family,” Cap Leang said. “He spent the majority of his time supporting his other family.”