Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 26-year-old man with premeditated murder over killing his two-year-old daughter and 57-year-old father-in-law because his wife divorced him after he allegedly raped her mother.
Bun Visal, a police officer with the municipal major crimes unit, said Eng Samnang, who was arrested in Kampong Speu on Sunday, faced a life sentence if convicted.
Police say he 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.
The suspect, who is unemployed and claims his wife’s family was trying to tear him apart from his wife, denies the rape but admitted his involvement in the murders to police.
Eng Sorphea, chief of the municipal major crimes unit, said the suspect was enraged over what he claimed were false rape accusations and so carried out the murders in revenge.
“According to his confession, the suspect said he killed his daughter and father-in-law because he was angry at the father-in-law and mother-in-law who were working to separate him from his wife,” said Mr Sorphea.
“He was also angry at his wife for divorcing him,” he added.
Mr Sorphea said the suspect was detained in Prey Sar prison pending trial.