A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after he beat his 22-year-old wife unconscious and attacked two men with a cleaver in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.
The violence took place at about 9pm at the suspect’s rental room in Chak Angre Krom commune.
Captain Yeng Pheng, a Chak Angre Krom police officer, identified the suspect as Khay Piseth, 32, a motorbike taxi driver. He identified the victim as his wife Phal Sary, 22, a garment worker.
Cap Pheng said that on the night of violence, the suspect arrived home after a night out of drinking with his friends.
Upon arriving home, the suspect parked his motorbike in front of the rental room and shouted at his wife, who stayed inside, to open the room door for him.
But the wife did not open it for him because she was angry at him for going out drinking again and again.
“He was angry at his wife for not opening the door,” said Cap Pheng. “He later punched her in the face and knocked her out.”
“When his wife lost consciousness, neighbours came to her rescue,” he added. “He thought that they came to beat him, so he took a cleaver and attacked them, striking them many times and causing serious injuries to two men.”
“After hacking them, he managed to flee but was later caught by neighbours,” he noted. “The neighbours then brought him to the local police station.”
He added that all three victims were then sent to a nearby clinic for treatment.
He said the suspect is accused by police of intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances.
The suspect remains in police custody in Meanchey district and will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning today.