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Woman's sentence for husband's stabbing death reduced on appeal

The Court of Appeals has taken three years off the sentence of a woman who stabbed her husband to death after changing the charge from murder to involuntary manslaughter, reducing her sentence from seven to four years.

The suspect, Hoy Kemchheng, 25, had been convicted for the murder of her husband, Cheam Pengsay, in a hearing held at the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court last year. She was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment at the time and ordered to pay 26 million riel ($6,292) as compensation.

The Appeal Court yesterday both reduced the sentence and voided the compensation order after hearing arguments from Kemchheng’s defence attorney, Ouk Vandeth.

“The suspect had no intention to kill,” presiding judge Krorm Yunnarong said as he announced the ruling. “The compensation would go to the suspect’s child, so we decided to eliminate it.”

The incident took place on the night of May 8, 2015, when the victim insisted on teasing his wife with horseplay despite her warning that she was holding a knife, leading to the accidental stabbing.

The victim succumbed to his wound and died at Calmette Hospital 10 days later.

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