A 48-year-old woman was arrested yesterday and sent to the Battambang Provincial Court for questioning for allegedly axing her 49-year-old husband to death.
The murder took place on Sunday at about 10am at the suspect’s house in Battambang province’s Samlot district.
Deputy chief of Samlot district police Suon Vichetr identified the suspect as Or Chhorvoan, a farmer, and the victim as her husband, Thun Sophea, also a farmer and the father of her five children.
Mr Vichetr said that at the time of the murder, Mr Sophea was asleep and the children were not staying at the house.
Ms Chhorvoan, who has a history of mental problems, took a large axe and hacked her husbands face and head, killing him.
“She was angry at him for his laziness because he did not go out to work or make money to support the children and the family,” Mr Vichetr said.
“She attacked him violently with the axe and cut him many times on the face and head, causing serious injuries. He died immediately on the bed.”
Mr Vichetr said that after the murder, the suspect did not flee. She went to her neighbours’ and told them she killed her husband. She asked them to take care of the funeral service.
The neighbours went to the suspect’s house and saw the victim dead in bed. They then reported it to local police.
Mr Vichetr said the suspect was arrested later the same day at her house. Police also found a large axe.
The suspect was then transferred to the Battambang Provincial Police Headquarters for further questioning and investigations.
Cheth Vanny, chief of the provincial Major Crimes Unit, said the suspect would be charged with intentional murder.
Mr Vanny added that Ms Chhorvoan was being questioned by the prosecutor at Battambang Provincial Court. If convicted, she faces between 10 to 15 years in prison.