Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man arrested for accidentally shooting wife with homemade rifle

Man arrested for accidentally shooting wife with homemade rifle

The homemade gun which a man allegedly accidentally shot his wife with before a hunting trip. Photo supplied
The homemade rifle which a man allegedly accidentally shot his wife with before a hunting trip. Photo supplied

Man arrested for accidentally shooting wife with homemade rifle

A Pailin province man has been arrested for allegedly seriously injuring his wife when he accidentally shot her in the stomach while repairing his homemade rifle, with the wife’s family members asking for his release.

Fifty-two-year-old Meas Kem was watching her husband, Khoeun Prech, 49, fix the air rifle before going hunting when Prech accidentally triggered the makeshift musket, shooting Kem in the arm and abdomen on Monday afternoon in O’Chra Lech village, in Pailin’s Boryakha commune, said Pailin Town Police Chief Yem Sarith.

“The husband was arrested and interrogated at Pailin Town Police Station for … possession and use of an illegal homemade rifle that injured his wife,” Sarith said, adding that the authorities were currently preparing a case on the charge of “illegal weapons possession”.

He added that Kem was now at the Battambang provincial hospital. Prech, Sarith said, had himself been injured by a mine explosion five years ago when he went hunting with other villagers near the Cambodia-Thailand border.

Yesterday morning, Kem's relatives and the couple's four children urged authorities to free the man, but Pailin authorities rejected the demand.

The brother of the victim, Meas Vandy, 25, said his brother-in-law hadn’t committed a crime. “His wife is in hospital and their small children need him to take care of them,” he said. “Moreover, the homemade rifle just malfunctioned and was triggered.”

He said his sister’s condition had improved after a successful surgery to remove the projectile from her stomach.

A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the homemade weapon as an airgun. It was in fact a makeshift musket.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon