Ponhea Leu district police in Kandal province on Sunday arrested a Vietnamese fisherman for allegedly burning down his own house in a drunken rage before releasing him yesterday after giving him a warning.
The incident took place at about 7pm on Sunday in Prek Taten commune in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district.
Second Lieutenant Kong Sochea, deputy commune police chief, identified him as Nguyen Yangye, 39, a Vietnamese national and a fisherman. He added that Mr Nguven is married to Mieng Thichang, 35. Both live in Prek Taten commune with their eight-month-old child.
Sec Lt Sochea said that at about 5pm on Sunday, Mr Nguyen returned to an empty house. He started drinking rice wine while waiting for his wife and child to come home, he added.
Sec Lt Sochea noted that Mr Nguyen became drunk after finishing about one and a half litres of rice wine.
At about 7pm, Mr Nguyen set fire to his house, which was eventually ravaged by flames, he added.
“He got drunk because he was angry with his wife, who was never home and always took their eight-month old child with her,” Sec Lt Sochea said. “His wife often left to play cards at other people’s homes and she would not cook for him.”
“He then set fire to the house,” he added. “The house was destroyed, along with everything inside.”
Major Penh Vuthy, deputy chief of Ponhea Leu district, confirmed the incident.
Maj Vuthy said Mr Nguyen was drunk when he burned down the house. He stood in front of his burning house when police approached him. He was arrested that evening.
Police initially accused Mr Nguyen with intentionally causing damage, which carries a punishment of six months to two years in jail. However, he was released upon his wife’s request.
“In this case, the victim, who was the suspect’s wife, said she did not have a job to support her family if her husband were imprisoned,” Maj Vuthy said. “She begged our officers to release her husband.”
“Police release him on Monday after he signed a contract with district police,” he added. “He has now returned to his family. However, if he repeats the same mistake, we will send him to jail.”