Police in Kampong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district on Sunday arrested a farmer who allegedly hacked his girlfriend on the head with a hoe because she chastised his drinking habit.
Captain Nuth Sopheak, deputy district police chief, identified the suspect as Mov Chhunlim, 29, living in the district’s Samraong Tong commune, and the victim as Kim Sreyna, 18, a garment worker.
He noted that Mr Chhunlim was arrested at about 3pm on Sunday shortly after the attack in the commune.
He said that on the day of the attack, the suspect brought Ms Sreyna by motorbike to his house when his parents were away.
Cap Sopheak noted that Mr Chhunlim brought along some beers and rice wine to drink with her but she refused to have any.
He said that Ms Sreyna then advised the suspect not to drink alcohol, but he ignored her and drank the wine until he became drunk.
Cap Sopheak said the victim became angry with him and threatened to break up with him if he did not stop drinking.
“The suspect was drunk and became angry with her for banning him from drinking and threatening to leave him,” he said. “He then took a hoe and hacked her many times on her head, causing serious injuries.”
Cap Sopheak added that the victim kept screaming loudly in pain and villagers went to the house to find out what was happening.
He noted that the suspect saw them and tried to flee but the villagers caught him and sent Ms Sreyna to the provincial referral hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Cap Sopheak said that the villagers handed the suspect to police who arrested him and seized the hoe.
He noted that during his interrogation, Mr Chhunlim admitted to the crime, saying that he hacked the victim because he was angry with her.
Cap Sopheak noted that police have accused the suspect of intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances; he faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
He added that Mr Chhunlim is now being questioned by provincial police and will be sent to the provincial court on Friday.