A 65-year-old man faces up to 15 years in prison after being charged with hacking his elderly father-in-law to death in an argument over an insult.
Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged farmer San Chik of Kork Doung commune with intentional murder.
Mr Chik is accused of hacking the 85-year-old victim to death with a knife at about 7pm on February 19 at the victim’s house in Angkor Chum’s Kork Trabek village.
District police chief Colonel Mann Sokhath said Mr Chik was arrested in Kork Doung commune after allegedly killing farmer Phan Brem last week and fleeing.
The accused has been sent to prison pending his trial.
Captain Chuon Sunleng, Angkor Chum district police chief of staff, said that before the killing, Mr Chik got into a jealous argument with his wife Phan Ak, 38, who was the daughter of the victim.
Mr Chik, who was drunk, accused his wife of having an affair with a young man in the village. He demanded she admit the affair but she refused.
Ms Ak got angry and asked him for a divorce, but Mr Chik did not agree to it.
Cap Sunleng said Mr Chik became angry at the wife. He closed the house door and beat her. Mr Brem, who lived in the same house, intervened on behalf of his daughter.
Mr Brem criticised and cursed Mr Chik, who in turn grew angry at Mr Brem.
“Mr Chik took a homemade knife and hacked him three times on his neck, causing serious injuries from which he died,” Cap Sunleng said.
Mr Chik fled into the forest, and Ms Ak alerted commune police.
Police surrounded the forest and searched for three days. Mr Chik was arrested in the forest on Thursday.