Police in Kratie province are looking to arrest a man suspected of killing his wife on Sunday after she filed for divorce after he wrongly accused her of having an affair.
Captain Tith Tivong, chief of staff at Kratie city police, said 31-year-old logger Sam Pheaktra is suspected of killing his wife, 27-year-old Kong Sreytouch, at the couple’s home in Kratie commune’s O’Russey II village.
Cap Tivong noted that the couple married in 2010 and had two children.
He said that on Sunday, the suspect argued with Ms Sreytouch after accusing her of having an affair with another man. She denied the allegation.
Cap Tivong said that during the argument, the suspect assaulted Ms Sreytouch, causing her to resent her husband.
He said that the next day, Ms Sreytouch lodged a complaint with the chief of Kratie commune and filed for divorce, but the suspect refused to sign divorce papers.
Cap Tivong noted that at about 7.30pm on Monday, the suspect, who was angry with his wife for requesting a divorce, killed her with a machete.
“The suspect was angry at the victim for wanting to divorce him,” he said. “He then killed her by slashing her many times on her neck and face with a machete. She died at the scene.”
“After killing the victim, he fled from his home into the night,” Cap Tivong added.
He noted that the victim’s body was sent to her family for a funeral.
Colonel Neth Lin, chief of Kratie city police, yesterday said the suspect could face up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted of intentional murder.
“Police are now working hard to apprehend the suspect,” Col Lin said. “We already know his identity – he can’t run forever.”
“We will bring him in and prosecute him in accordance with the law,” he added.