A farmer was arrested on Sunday over the alleged killing and beheading of his brother-in-law, who had threatened to kill the suspect’s 65-year-old father in a drunken argument.
The murder occurred in Battambang province’s Bavel district.
Seng Meoun, Bavel district deputy police chief, identified the suspect as Heang Vanna, 29, and his victim as Yung Tola, 25, also a farmer residing in the same village.
According to witnesses and police investigation, Mr Tola spent Sunday morning heavily drinking with friends, causing his father-in-law to lash out at him over his behaviour.
Mr Tola then got angry at his father-in-law, threatening to kill him. The victim’s wife and their relatives separated the two men.
After the argument, the victim went to sleep alone at his rice field’s hut.
Mr Vanna later returned from work, only to be told by his wife about the argument and the victim’s threat.
The suspect became enraged and after grabbing an axe, he went looking for his brother-in-law. He found him sleeping next to his rice field and beheaded him.
“After the murder, he managed to flee from the scene but was later arrested by our local police,” Mr Meoun said.
The suspect is now detained at Battambang Provincial Police Headquarters.
He has been accused of intentional murder. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in jail.