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Charges laid after murder of wife

KAMPONG Speu Provincial Court charged a man with the murder of his wife and daughter in Oral district. Phorn Poeurn, 29, allegedly used a sickle to slash the necks of his 22-year-old wife and 3-year-old daughter at their house in Trapaing Chor commune on Friday. Deputy district police chief Buth Bunthoeurn said that the suspect was sent to the provincial court on Saturday, where he was officially charged with murder. Commune police chief Ho Thy said the suspect was a firewood cutter and suffered from mental illness. “A week before the murder took place, he escaped to the forest because he thought someone wanted to arrest him,” Ho Thy said. “When he returned, he accused his wife of having a new husband and got very angry. He used the sickle to kill his wife and his daughter, who was nearby.” He added that the suspect had another child.

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