Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mother beheaded to ‘exorcise ghost’

Mother beheaded to ‘exorcise ghost’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A man was arrested on Saturday for murdering his mother in Por Sen Chey district’s Chaom Chao II commune. Police

Mother beheaded to ‘exorcise ghost’

Police on Sunday sent a man with suspected mental problems to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after he was arrested on Saturday for murdering his mother in Por Sen Chey district’s Chaom Chao II commune.

Deputy district police chief Chea Sovann identified the suspect as Eam Samnang, 32, and the victim as 65-year-old Hak Sokha. They had lived together in a rented room in the commune.

Sovann said the suspect has a cruel personality and if he was kept at the district police office, he could commit suicide.

The exact time of the murder is unknown but on Saturday morning, people renting a room nearby gathered at the scene and reported it to police. Experts immediately went to the scene to investigate and started searching for the suspect.

Police then received a report about a man walking naked behind the International University in Sen Sok district. When authorities reached him, the suspect allegedly expressed intent to commit suicide, but police stopped him. After questioning, he admitted to using a cleaver to slit his mother’s throat because he believed a ghost had entered her body.

Sovann said Sokha’s head was entirely separated from her body. At the crime scene, police also found a letter from the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital related to Samnang’s suspected mental problem.

“It is hard for us to say if the suspect has a mental problem. He has a confirmation letter from hospital, but it is weird that a company accepted him to work and gave him a monthly salary of $100. The work card is valid until 2021,” he said.

Doctor Nong Sovanrath, who performed the autopsy, said there was a dark bruise on Sokha’s forehead. He said he suspected that before killing his mother, Samnang knocked her unconscious.

Sovanrath said he does not know if Samnang has a mental problem.

But citing the suspect’s relatives, he said the man is insane.

Neighbours said that one day before the incident, they saw Samnang walking naked and his mother called him to enter their rented room. A security camera shows at about 8:40pm, Samnang escaped through a window naked.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,