Two brothers were yesterday charged with premeditated murder at Svay Rieng provincial court over the murder of one of their pregnant wives.
Keo Sotha, chief of the provincial major crimes unit, identified the brothers as Sour Chhorn, 56, and Sour Samoeun, 52.
According to police, Mr Chhorn was convinced his wife Var Sam Oun, 40, was having an affair with a younger man she worked with at a garment factory.
Mr Chhorn, who believed the father was the younger man, allegedly hired his brother to shoot his wife dead outside their Ta Suos commune home on Saturday.
Mr Sotha said on Saturday morning, Mr Samoeun used an AK-47 rifle to shoot two bullets into the head of Ms Sam Oun before stealing cash and gold from her home.
Mr Chhorn arrived home and alerted neighbours of his wife’s body later that morning, telling them someone must have killed her during a robbery.
But Mr Sotha said the police investigation led to the discovery of the AK-47 in Mr Samoeun’s possession, and the brothers were arrested on Saturday night.
They face life in jail if convicted.