Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Woman arrested for allegedly killing husband with acid



Woman arrested for allegedly killing husband with acid

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Pin Chea, 44, was arrested on Thursday after being accused of killing her husband with acid in Kampong Cham. Fresh News

Woman arrested for allegedly killing husband with acid

A 44-year-old Kampong Cham woman accused of fatally dousing her sleeping husband with acid was in court on Friday for questioning.

The suspect, Pin Chea, admitted throwing acid in her husband’s face in the early hours of Tuesday morning in their Krouch commune home, according to a police report from Kampong Cham deputy provincial chief of crime Heng Vuthy.

“She confessed two reasons: first was that her husband had another woman and second he owed money to others and let her pay the debt,” Vuthy said.

Chea told police she purchased the acid in Phnom Penh and transported it in a water bottle.

“We did not know the type of acid and how much because she threw it away and we could not find the bottle,” Vuthy said. “She said she poured it on his face while he was sleeping.”

While relatives transported her husband, Min Nuon, a 41-year-old construction worker, to seek medical care, Chea fled, according to commune police. Nuon died en route to hospital.

A factory worker, Chea was on the run for more than two days when she was arrested by police in Sra Nge commune, in Prey Chhor district, on Thursday, authorities said.

Vuthy said Nuon had taken a “second wife” in Kampong Speu – a not uncommon occurrence among Cambodian men that is not a legal union, and also had been jailed for drugs in the past.

According to Mon Mai, Krouch commune chief, the couple had come to him last year requesting a divorce.

“But I could not and I made compromise for them,” he said. “The wife wanted to divorce but the husband did not want to.”

“Later on, the wife beat the husband and the husband ran away to have another wife in Kampong Speu province,” Mai said, though the couple was living together once again at the time of the attack.

It’s not the first time a refusal to grant a divorce has had fatal consequences. Earlier this year, a Kampot man was accused of killing his wife the morning after she had sought a divorce from a local commune chief.

Chea was being questioned in court on Friday and has not been charged. Although Vuthy would not speculate on the charges, he described the matter as “a murder case”.

It is the first reported acid attack in Cambodia so far this year. While such attacks have seen a decline in recent years following the introduction of the Acid Law in 2012 – which restricted the sale of certain chemicals and introduced harsher sentences on perpetrators – there were at least six acid attacks in the Kingdom last year, although none were fatal.

This version updates with woman's confession and other details.

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

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • 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