A 43-year-old woman was killed after being hacked with an axe by her drunken son-in-law on New Year’s Eve in Kampot province’s Chhouk district, police said yesterday.
Tuy Khoeun, deputy district police chief, said that Sak Vuthy initially attempted to attack his wife with an axe after an argument.
When her mother intervened, the suspect swung at her with the axe, striking her five times and killing her instantly.
The couple’s six-year-old son, who tried to defend his grandmother, was critically injured in the ordeal.Authorities apprehended the suspect near his house, Tuy Khoeun said.
The district police chief added that Sak Vuthy frequently beat his wife and was “always drunk”.