Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Women charged with beheading ‘sorcerer’ in Kampong Speu

Women charged with beheading ‘sorcerer’ in Kampong Speu

Women charged with beheading ‘sorcerer’ in Kampong Speu

Two Phnom Sruoch district women were charged in Kampong Speu Provincial Court yesterday with beheading a farmer they claimed used sorcery to kill a family member.

The headless body of Sao Siv, 62, was found in a mango plantation located in Chambak commune’s Thmey village on Friday.

Provincial penal police office chief Sam Sak said Oem Sun, 58, had confessed to murdering Siv while the victim’s 33-year-old daughter-in-law Mao Channy – also known as Kley – stood watch.

“This case is a premeditated murder because they devised the plan to kill the man, whom they believe a sorcerer,” Sak said.

He said Sun believed Siv had used sorcery to kill her brother – Channy’s father – a decade prior, and had caused her to fall ill and suffer paralysis in half her body.

“The victim was pounding a cow stake into the ground and she [Sun] just hacked him in the neck from behind with a machete and cut off his head,” Sak said.

“The head was buried nearby but she was panicked and could not say exactly where she buried it.”

District police chief Say Bunthorn said police would have to continue to search for the head without the suspects’ assistance for fear that locals who believe the women innocent could cause violence if police bring them back to the village.

So-called “sorcerer killings” are relatively common in the Kingdom. At least three people were murdered for allegedly practising black magic in 2015 in Oddar Meanchey, Mondulkiri and Kampong Chhnang provinces.

In Ratanakkiri, a married couple was attacked with machetes and a man had to flee his home for the same reason.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the

  • S’ville set to turn into ‘second Shenzhen’

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance has awarded a master plan consultancy contract to top Chinese institute for the development and transformation of Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone”, Southeast Asia’s next logistics and resort hub and innovation centre. The