Kampong Speu provincial police yesterday arrested a man accused of killing his two-year-old daughter and 57-year-old father-in-law after his wife divorced him because he raped her mother.
Sam Sak, deputy chief of the provincial police, identified the suspect as Eng Samnang, 26, who was transferred to the Phnom Penh major crimes unit after his arrest. Bun Visal, a major crimes unit police officer, said the suspect was accused of a list of violent offences.
According to police, the suspect raped his 49-year-old mother-in-law on August 29 in Svay Rieng province while his wife was at work and his father-in-law was in hospital.
A day later, the mother-in-law told her daughter what happened and the daughter expelled her husband from her family home, telling him she wanted a divorce.
The suspect then fled to Phnom Penh with his two-year-old daughter, where he strangled her with electrical wire in his Dangkor district rental room on Saturday.
“He was angry at his wife for divorcing him,” said Mr Sak.
“After killing his daughter, he travelled to kill his mother-in-law in Svay Rieng Province.
“However, he could not find her, so he then travelled to kill his sick father-in-law at the hospital, where he strangled him in a bathroom.”
Mr Sak said the suspect then fled to Kampong Speu province where he was later arrested yesterday morning.
Mr Sak added that during his interrogation, the suspect admitted to the murders but denied the rape.
Mr Sak said the suspect had been accused of premeditated murder while he remained in police custody for further questioning.
The suspect was due to make his first court appearance today.