Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a mother and her daughter over the murder of the latter’s husband in Sen Sok district.
Major Chuon Sokheang, a Sen Sok district penal police officer, identified the accused as Kong Thida, a 49-year-old tailor living in Chamkar Mon district’s Tonle Bassac commune, and her daughter Ngoy Somary, a 20-year-old cook living in Sen Sok district’s Toeuk Thla commune.
The victim was identified as Kim Yorth, a 29-year-old land broker and Ms Somary’s husband.
Maj Sokheang said Ms Thida and Ms Somary were yesterday charged with intentional murder and face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Maj Sokheang added that they were arrested on Friday after murdering the victim with a cleaver and a vegetable knife in his rental house in Toeuk Thla commune. He noted that they stabbed Mr Yorth several times until he died.
Second Lieutenant Huoth Sokchea, a Toeuk Thla commune police officer, said Mr Yorth and Ms Somary were married on January 26 this year.
He added that after getting married, they moved into a rental house in Toeuk Thla commune. However, they did not register their marriage.
Sec Lt Sokchea noted that Ms Somary would often ask her husband to register their marriage to make it official.
However, the victim constantly rejected her pleas and instead promised to register their marriage within the next two years after they could earn enough money to support their family.
Ms Somary was not happy with Mr Yorth’s decision and became suspicious that he would cheat on her, Sec Lt Sokchea added.
He noted that on the day of the murder, Mr Yorth was sick with a fever and stayed at home. Ms Somary would not take care of him and instead called Ms Thida, her mother, to come to the house and look after him. Ms Thida agreed and came over on a motorbike.
Sec Lt Sokchea said that at about 10am, Ms Somary asked for about $2.50 from Mr Yorth to buy food. He refused to give her the money and got into an argument with his wife.
“During the argument, the victim, who was sick, beat his wife and strangled her in attempt to kill her,” Sec Lt Sokchea said. “The wife screamed. She shouted for help from her mother.”
“After hearing the victim’s pleas for help, the mother took a cleaver from the dining room and quickly ran to help her daughter. She then hacked at the victim’s head several times until he lost consciousness,” he added. “While the victim was unconscious, the wife took a vegetable knife and stabbed him three times in the stomach until he died.”
Sec Lt Sokchea said that after killing the victim, they moved the body to another spot in the house and hid it under blankets.
He added that at about 10pm that day, they both went to Toeuk Thla commune police and confessed to killing the victim.
Police arrested them and later took Ms Thida and Ms Somary back to the house to inspect the crime scene, where they seized a cleaver and a vegetable knife.