A man was arrested in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night after he cut his wife’s throat with a cleaver because he was angry that she always criticised him for getting drunk.
Em Pheary, chief of Stung Meanchey II commune police, identified the suspect as fish vendor Ry Pheareak, 38.
The victim was named as Nhanh Mom, 43, who suffered serious injuries in the attack.
Mr Pheary said the violence occurred at about 8pm at the suspect’s house in Russey II village.
The husband had been out drinking with his friends and got into an argument with his wife when he returned home.
“The man, who was drunk, was angry at the wife for criticising him,” Mr Pheary said. “He took a cleaver which he used to kill fish and cut her throat. It caused serious injuries.”
The victim shouted for help during the attack and neighbours came to her rescue, sending her to a clinic for treatment.
The suspect fled but was arrested by police later that night.
A Meanchey district police officer who asked not to be named said the suspect had been detained for questioning and stands accused of attempted murder.
He will appear in municipal court today and faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted.