Takeo Provincial Court yesterday charged a man accused of killing a woman because she rejected his advances.
The murder took place at about 5.30am on Tuesday in the province’s Po village, located in Samraong district’s Soeng commune.
Lieutenant Colonel Keo Sarin, deputy chief of the provincial general crimes department, identified the accused as 31-year-old Sen Hakley, a barber who lived in the village.
Lt Col Sarin identified the victim as 35-year-old grocery vendor Hoeung Sokhon. She also lived in the same village as the accused.
He said Mr Hakely was arrested on Tuesday and charged with premeditated murder yesterday. If convicted, Mr Hakely could face life in prison.
Major Vong Ngeth, deputy chief of district police, said Mr Hakely was the victim’s suitor, but the victim denied him because he was a drug addict.
Maj Ngeth said she called him “a drug-addicted man” and that made him angry with her.
He said that on Tuesday morning, Ms Sokhon was riding her motorbike in the village to buy supplies for her grocery store.
Maj Ngeth said Mr Sokhon knew the victim’s routine and he waited for her to arrive at a quiet place.
Upon arriving, Mr Sokhon allegedly ambushed the victim and hacked her head with a cleaver.
“He took a cleaver and attacked the victim as she was riding her motorbike,” Maj Ngeth said. “After attacking the victim, he fled from the scene and the victim was found and sent to the provincial referral hospital.”
“However, she died in the ambulance because of her serious injuries,” he added.
Maj Ngeth said Mr Hakley fled to Phnom Penh and was arrested at about 7pm in Chroy Changva district.
He was then transferred to Takeo provincial police before he was sent to court.