Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Murder of wife leads to charges for man

Murder of wife leads to charges for man

Murder of wife leads to charges for man

A man was charged with the murder of his partner at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Thursday afternoon after a weeklong search for his arrest.

The case is at least the eighth high-profile domestic murder so far this year, and one of several in which local police knew of ongoing violence in the home but failed to protect the victim.

Boen Sambol, 25, allegedly beat his girlfriend, Chea Sokha, 25, to death last Thursday in the border town of Poipet. He then fled to Battambang, according to Poipet Town Police Chief Thin Sindet.

“The court charged the suspect with intentional murder and ordered for the suspect to be detained” until trial, Sindet said.

After examining the victim’s body, police found she was covered in bruises, including deep bruising to her head and eyes.

On the day of the crime, Phsar Kandal Commune Police Chief Sok Phy said the alleged perpetrator drank all day and, once drunk, argued with his girlfriend before beating her to death.

Phy said while Sokha had never made a complaint to local authorities, this was far from the first time Sambol had been violent towards her.

“The suspect used to be arrested and educated several times relating to the domestic violence,” he said.

During a re-enactment of the murder scene as part of the investigation on Thursday morning, Phy said the suspect made a confession.

“I really have beaten her up severely because I was drunk back then, but I had no intention to kill her. I usually got furious with her when she talked with other men,” Phy quoted Sambol as saying.

MOST VIEWED

  • Time to avert disastrous Covid situation: officials

    The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia is heading towards further large-scale community transmission as the total number of confirmed cases is nearing 61,000 and the death toll passed 900 on July 10, senior health officials warned. Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine expressed concern that the country was going

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided