Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Wife, in-law questioned over murder of ‘sorcerer’



Wife, in-law questioned over murder of ‘sorcerer’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A woman and her brother-in-law were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of her husband who was accused of practising sorcery. Police

Wife, in-law questioned over murder of ‘sorcerer’

A woman and her brother-in-law were sent to the Pursat provincial police station on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the murder of her husband who was accused of practising sorcery.

Krakor district police chief Em Ron identified the victim as Prak Ban, 49.

He said the 36-year-old man had allegedly colluded with the woman to kill Ban in Chhoeu Tom commune’s Bamnak village on June 10.

They were arrested on Monday before being sent to the provincial police station.

“Her brother-in-law is the one who killed the victim for allegedly practising sorcery,” Ron said.

He said the suspects are said to have killed Ban with an axe before putting him in an oven around 1.5km from the house to hide evidence. But on Monday, villagers noticed a stench coming from the oven and discovered Ban’s body. They reported it to the police, who launched an investigation and detained the pair.

The provincial police’s serious crimes bureau chief Sar Sonya said an examination revealed the victim had been slashed on the back of the neck and ears.

When inspecting the crime scene, police found the victim’s blood on the wall of the home. Sonya said several people may have assisted in the murder.

He said the two suspects said they had only witnessed Ban being killed by other people but did not intervene. He said police will send them to court after further questioning.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he