Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed a man who allegedly killed his wife after she attacked him while drunk in Stung Trang district on Saturday.
The murder took place at about 8.30pm at their house in Peam Koh Sla commune’s Dei Loeu village.
Colonel Pak Cheath, district police chief, identified the accused as Ouch Phan, 57, a farmer, and his wife as Sok Bony, 61.
He said Mr Phan was charged with murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted, noting that he is now in prison pending trial.
Col Cheath said the accused was arrested on Saturday after he killed Ms Bony by hacking her with a machete and slashing her throat during an argument.
Captain Mao Sareth, commune deputy police chief, yesterday said Mr Phan was mentally disturbed because his wife was a drunkard who consumed rice wine daily at home.
He noted that on the day of the murder, Ms Bony started drinking rice wine at 6pm and became drunk at about 8pm.
Cap Sareth said that while drunk, she began arguing with Mr Phan after he scolded her about her habit and told her to stop drinking and go to sleep.
“During the argument, Ms Bony grabbed Mr Phan and took a vegetable knife to slash his throat, causing injuries,” he noted. “Mr Phan managed to escape and ran to the dining room to grab a machete.”
“Mr Phan then began hacking his wife’s neck several times, causing serious injuries,” Cap Sareth added. “Ms Bony fell unconscious and the accused slashed her throat with the machete and killed her.”
He noted that after killing his wife, Mr Phan tried to commit suicide by taking a rope to hang himself from a tall tree in the village.
Cap Sareth said that while Mr Phan and Ms Bony were fighting each other, a neighbour alerted commune police who arrived at the scene just in time to stop the accused from committing suicide.
He noted that Mr Phan was arrested at about 9pm and police seized a machete from him.a