Police in Battambang province’s Thmar Kaul district on Sunday arrested a man accused by his wife of beating and splashing hot water on her, seriously injuring her on Saturday.
Captain Oeung Sovann, deputy district police chief, said yesterday that a family dispute led to the violence.
“The suspect was already arrested and right now the provincial police are continuing procedures,” he said.
Major Hieng Buntha, deputy district police chief of the serious crimes bureau, said the suspect confessed to burning his wife’s body with hot water.
“We sent him to the provincial police this morning,” he said yesterday. “He committed violence on his wife by beating her, causing bruises all over the body, and splashing hot water on her, inflaming her face, legs and back.”
Maj Buntha said the suspect was angry with his wife for chastising him for his drinking habit, noting that this was not the first case of domestic violence for the family.
“He was drunk and had an argument with his wife because she scolded him for drinking too often and he was angry,” he said. “On Saturday night, he attacked her and she filed a complaint the next morning, so we arrested him.”
“The victim was in serious condition and was initially sent to the commune hospital and was later transferred to the provincial referral hospital,” he added.
Brigadier General Chet Vanny, serious crimes bureau chief with the provincial police, said the suspect will be sent to provincial court today.
“We have just received him from the district police this morning,” he said yesterday. “He already confessed to injuring his wife. We will take action according to the law by sending him to the provincial court within the legal time frame.”