Stung Treng provincial police are seeking to identify a suspect over the rape and murder of a border police officer’s wife who was bludgeoned with an oar while home alone.
The murder took place early Thursday morning at the victim’s home in Koh Khondin village in Stung Treng city’s Samakky commune.
Colonel Chhouk Komol, chief of city police, identified the victim as 27-year-old Phai Na, wife of Third Lieutenant Tey Eksoky, a 35-year-old police officer with the 701st Border Police Regiment based near the Lao border.
Col Komol said the couple married in 2009 and had four children aged four to ten.
He added the victim’s husband was always away from home because of work and the victim was often left alone at home with the children.
Col Komol said on the night of the murder, her children were at her parents’ house 20 kilometres away from the commune.
“The victim was sleeping alone in her room in her home that was locked. The suspect forced the door open and raped her,” he said. “After he raped her, the suspect was afraid she would recognise him so he beat her on the neck, head and face with an oar.”
“After the victim died at the scene, the suspect fled,” Col Komol added.
He said that the victim was discovered by her 53-year-old uncle who visited the home hours later at about 9am. The uncle alerted commune police and autopsy officers were brought to the scene of the crime.
He noted that autopsy officers discovered the victim was raped before she was killed. The victim’s body was then handed over to her family for a funeral.
Brigadier General Mao Dara, chief of provincial police, yesterday said police suspect the killer is someone from the same village after officers discovered that the murderer left a pair of slippers, a shirt and the murder weapon at the scene.
“We do not yet know the killer’s identity, but according to our investigation, as well as the evidence left in the victim’s room before he fled, it could be someone who lived in the same village,” Brig Gen Dara said, adding that police are working hard to identify a suspect.