Pursat Provincial Court yesterday charged a 51-year-old man over the death of his wife.
Heng Dounnin, secretariat chief at the court, said the investigating judge yesterday sent the accused to jail pending his trial after laying the charge.
“He decided to charge him with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances causing the death of the victim,” Mr Dounnin said.
If found guilty, the accused faces ten to 20 years behind bars.
Tann Kearith, Phnom Kravanh district police chief, said the suspect was arrested on Friday afternoon about 3.30pm after beating his wife in his home in the district’s Samroang commune.
He identified the accused as Chhorn Chheng, 51, and the victim as Mai Hin, 54, who died at the scene after the attack.
Mr Kearith said that witnesses told police the couple often argued, and on Friday the wife was blaming the husband for not finding work to support the family.
The husband then punched her twice in the face, knocking her unconscious.
“The victim had high blood pressure,” Mr Kearith said. “After we examined her body, we noted the bruises on her face and concluded that she was beaten to death.”