A man suspected of killing his wife with a hammer in Banteay Meanchey province was arrested on Saturday in Pursat province’s Bak Chenhchien commune.
Captain Voun Ty, Bak Chenhchien commune police chief, said yesterday that the man fled Malai district in Banteay Meanchey to escape arrest and hid in his community after killing his wife at their home.
“The suspect killed his wife in Malai district and Banteay Meanchey provincial police sought our cooperation to make an arrest,” Cap Ty said. “He was hiding in my commune. After the arrest, the suspect was brought back to Banteay Meanchey.”
He added that commune police were on the lookout for new faces in the commune in order to locate the suspect.
“The suspect lived here 20 years ago. After he killed his wife, I was tipped off that he fled here,” Cap Ty said. “I deployed my secret agents to observe the commune to see if there were strangers around. Finally, my agents reported that the man in question has been tracked down.”
The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Tung Tha who allegedly killed his wife, 43-year-old Khlork Thanh, at their home in Malai district.
“He was hiding in his friend’s house,” Cap Ty added. “The house owner was not involved and had no idea of the crime.”
“He killed his wife because he was jealous,” Cap Ty noted. “He hit her with a hammer, making holes all over her body and face. It was very cruel.”
Sith Los, serious crimes bureau chief with Banteay Meanchey police, said the suspect confessed to the crime while being questioned by his officers.
“He confessed there was a conflict that stemmed from jealously,” Mr Los said. “First, he tortured her with a hammer, then he began hitting her on the chest with it. She eventually died.”
Sok Keo Bandith, Banteay Meanchey court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.