Kratie Provincial Court yesterday charged a man with intentional murder after he allegedly killed his wife in a jealous rage.
Captain Tith Tivong, chief of staff at Kratie city police, yesterday identified the accused as Sam Pheaktra, a 31-year-old logger from O’Russey II village in Kratie city. The victim was identified as Mr Pheaktra’s wife, 27-year-old Kong Sreytouch.
Cap Tivong said they married in 2010 and have two kids together.
Cap Tivong noted that Mr Pheaktra was arrested by police at about 7am yesterday in Samboun district. He was later sent to the provincial court, where he was charged with intentional murder. Mr Pheaktra faces between 10 to 15 years in jail if convicted.
“He was arrested after he had fled for two days after he killed his wife over jealousy,” Cap Tivong said. “Police encountered him and chased after him as he attempted to get away while driving an old motorbike. He then got into an accident and seriously injured his right leg.”
“Our officers arrested him immediately on the road and seized his motorbike,” he added.
Cap Tivong noted that on Sunday, Mr Pheaktra got into an argument with his wife, who he accused of having an affair.
However, Ms Sreytouch denied his accusations.
Cap Tivong said Mr Pheaktra proceeded to beat his wife in a jealous rage.
On Monday, Mr Sreytouch filed a complaint against Mr Pheaktra to Kratie commune police and also filed for a divorce, but Mr Pheaktra refused to sign divorce papers.
Cap Tivong noted that at about 7.30pm on Monday, Mr Pheaktra, who was angry with his wife for requesting a divorce, killed her with a machete.
“He was angry at the victim for wanting to divorce him,” Cap Tivong said. “He then killed her by slashing her many times on her heck and face using a machete.”