Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a couple with killing a 51-year-old-man, who was the woman’s lover, in Kamrieng district on Thursday.
Major General Cheth Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, identified the two accused as Pheng Theap, 51, a farmer, and his wife Seth Pheap, 50, both living in the district’s Kamrieng commune,
He identified the victim as Sam Mao, 51, a farmer and widower who also lived in the commune.
Maj Gen Vanny said both accused were charged with murder and face up to 15 years each in jail if convicted. They were arrested on Sunday at their house in Trang village and are now in prison pending trial.
Colonel Kim Ponlork, district police chief, said that the accused and victim were neighbours in the same village.
He said that according to confessions, the victim and Ms Pheap began a love affair last year.
Col Ponlork said Mr Theap came to know of it but could not break them up.
He said the husband kept telling his wife to stop contacting the victim but she refused and continued the liaisons.
Col Ponlork noted that at about midnight on Thursday the victim was drunk and sneaked to the couple’s house in order to sleep with Ms Pheap.
“When he entered the bedroom, Mr Mao walked towards Ms Pheap in order to sleep with her,” he said. “But Mr Theap, who was awake, saw him and became angry.”
“He took a big bamboo stick that he keeps near him and hit the victim several times on the neck, causing him to lose consciousness,” Col Ponlork added.
He said that Ms Pheap who woke up also became angry with the victim for sneaking into the house to have sex with her.
Col Ponlork noted that the wife then took a scarf and strangled Mr Mao, causing him to die.
He said that after killing the victim, both threw the body into a pond which was about 200 meters from their house.
Col Ponlork said that villagers saw the body floating in the pond on Friday morning and alerted commune police.
He added that police arrested Mr Theap and Ms Pheap in their house at about 4pm on Sunday.
Col Ponlork said they were arrested after neighbours told police that they had heard Mr Theap arguing with the victim over the love affair.