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Police arrest farmer suspected of killing his wife

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused was convinced his wife was having an affair. CEN

Trapaing Prasat district police in Oddar Meanchey province on Monday arrested a farmer suspected of killing his wife over jealously.

Captain Heng Chuon, a penal police officer with the district police, identified the suspect as 27-year-old farmer Eng Roth from Trapaing Prasat commune’s Sre Krasaing village. The victim was identified as the suspect’s wife, 25-year-old grocery vendor Mab Sreymom.

The couple had been married for four years and had a four-year-old son.

Cap Chuon said the suspect was a jealous man who often argued with his wife over men she was acquainted with in the commune.

He said on Monday at about 1.30pm, the suspect allegedly began a drunken argument with his wife, accusing her of having an affair.

Tired of hearing the accusation from her husband, the victim asked for a divorce, he noted.

“He was angry because he thought she was having an affair with another man and asked for a divorce,” Cap Chuon said. “He then took a machete and hacked her on the neck, shoulders and head, causing her to die at the scene.”

Police search the home of the accused. CEN

“After she died, he took a cleaver and mutilated her body before fleeing,” Cap Chuon added.

He said that the crime was witnessed by a group of villagers who reported it to police as a group of the victim’s relatives informed other villagers to encircle the village in order to prevent the suspect from escaping.

About 30 minutes later, police arrived and ordered the suspect to relinquish his weapons and surrender. After a brief stand-off, the suspect finally gave up.

Cap Chuon said the suspect was arrested and sent to the provincial police headquarters to be questioned.

Colonel Sok Seng, deputy chief of provincial police, yesterday said the suspect admitted to killing his wife.

Col Seng said the suspect is accused by police of intentional murder, and if convicted, could face up to 15 years in prison.

He noted that the suspect will be sent to the provincial court today.

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