Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a former military officer to five years in prison for the violent assault of his wife and brother-in-law.
The brother-in-law, Bou Vibol, 41, lost his right thumb and three fingers in the incident on November 24 last year.
Suong Vannak, 53, a former military instructor with the rank of lieutenant colonel at the Defence Ministry, was convicted of violence committed by a spouse or partner for the attack at his house in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
Presiding judge Leang Samnath said Mr Vannak was arrested by district police after he beat his wife, Bou Sina, 44, and inflicted the injuries on Mr Vibol with a cleaver.
“The court decided to convict him to five years in prison and ordered him to pay 24 million riel ($6,000) in compensation to the victims in the case,” Mr Samnath said.
Mr Vannak admitted he had hacked Mr Vibol with a cleaver following an argument with his wife, but denied beating or threatening her.
“I took the cleaver to cut him because he beat me on the head with a big stick first,” he told the court. “To defend myself, I attacked him back.”