A 38-year-old farmer was yesterday arrested in Takeo province for allegedly killing his pregnant wife by slitting her throat with a cleaver after accusing her of adultery.
The murder occurred yesterday at about 2am in Kirivong district’s Ta-O commune.
Kong Sopheak, a Kirivong district police officer, identified the suspect as Sem Vireak and the victim as Eng Sroy, 36, who was due to give birth in about one month.
Mr Sopheak said that before the murder, the couple had been in an argument after the husband, who was drunk, accused his wife of having an affair and alleging the baby was not his.
“He was angry at the wife for not confessing about her adultery and betraying him,” Mr Sopheak said. “He took a cleaver to cut her throat while she was sleeping, killing her and the baby on the bed.”
He added that after killing his wife, the suspect fled from the house but was later arrested by local police.
A police officer with Meanchey district police said the suspect was being detained at the provincial police headquarters for questioning and stands accused of premeditated murder.
He added that the suspect will be sent to provincial court today.