A domestic dispute turned fatal when a single mother allegedly slashed her own father with a machete after he tried to stop her from beating her 7-year-old son over 3,000 riel ($0.75).
So Sarin, spokesman of the Kandal Provincial Court, confirmed that suspect Khouth Channy, 31, has been charged with murder under Article 199 of the Criminal Code on Friday and placed in pre-trial detention.
Channy, a meat and vegetable vendor, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly murdering Em Roeun, 66, in Kandal’s L’vea commune.
“She will face 10 to 15 years imprisonment,” Sarin confirmed.
Phorn Sreng, the deputy district police chief, said Channy came home to prepare dinner when she noticed 3,000 riel was missing from her bag and noticed her son eating a pack of biscuits.
“She said that she was furious at the time and she grabbed the stick and hit her son,” Sreng said.
Her son took refuge with his grandfather Roeun, who police say snatched the stick from his daughter’s hand and snapped it before scolding her. Enraged, Channy allegedly grabbed the nearby machete and slashed her father.
According to other villagers Sreng interviewed, Channy had never before displayed violent tendencies.