Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Takeo woman, Kandal man both hacked to death

Takeo woman, Kandal man both hacked to death

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Phal Phoeun was charged by the Takeo provincial court with premeditated murder after allegedly hacking his wife to death on Saturday. POLICE

Takeo woman, Kandal man both hacked to death

The Takeo provincial court on Sunday afternoon charged a man with premeditated murder after he allegedly hacked his wife to death with an axe and a sickle on Saturday.

Sem Socheat, the chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, on Monday identified the man as Pal Phoeun, 48.

Phoeun was sent to court the day after he was arrested on Saturday in Angkor Borei district’s Prek Phtorl commune.

“Provincial investigating judge Nou Dara charged him with premeditated murder after questioning and ordered police to put him in pre-trial detention at the provincial prison,” Socheat said.

Angkor Borei district police chief Phy Chhon said on Sunday the man was arrested after hacking his 52-year-old wife, Muth Kheang, with an axe and a sickle when she was sitting down making banana cakes in their kitchen.

Kheang is survived by her five children, aged between 14 and 22 years, he said. “The suspect was extremely jealous and threatened his wife not to speak with other men of his age in the village. He is also an alcoholic – but he had not been drinking on the day of the incident,” Chhon said.

In a separate case in Kandal province, a 30-year-old man was allegedly hacked by his friend with a meat cleaver on Saturday morning and then died on the way to the hospital. Police have arrested a suspect.

Sa’ang district police chief Seng Socheat on Sunday identified the victim as 30-year-old Pong Horng from Sa’ang district’s Prasat commune.

He told The Post that the 34-year-old suspect lived in Kien Svay district’s Koki Thom commune. The two became friends and used to work together in Thailand, Socheat said.

“According to the suspect’s confession, the victim had a secret love affair with the suspect’s girlfriend. That’s why he became so furious and vengeful that he hacked his friend to death,” he said.

Socheat said the suspect is being questioned by Judicial Police officials at the Kandal provincial police headquarters in preparation to present a case in court on Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • $3 billion in reserve ahead of possible EBA withdrawal

    The government has reserved around $3 billion to cope with a possible suspension of the Kingdom’s access to the EU’s preferential “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. Hav Ratanak, the director-general of the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s General Department of Budget said this

  • Gov’t to raise 20% more tax revenue

    As part of efforts to achieve a sound macroeconomy, the government plans to increase the revenue raised from taxation and customs and excise by more than 20 per cent next year. The 2020 national budget law approved on Tuesday targets a 28.1 per cent increase in revenue collection

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Authorities seize counterfeit wines

    The authorities have cracked down on a business allegedly producing counterfeit red wine in Banteay Meanchey province, arresting three people, while in a separate case, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court was questioning a suspect who was allegedly involved in the illegal production of cosmetic products.

  • Further heritage aiming to join Lakhon Khol

    As the Kingdom marks the first anniversary of the inscription of traditional Cambodian dance drama Lakhon Khol on Unesco’s cultural heritage list, the government is preparing to have 10 other forms of tangible and intangible heritage registered with the UN body. To commemorate the inscription