Groom Confesses to Strangling Fiancee to Death

A man was arrested on Saturday for strangling his fiancee to death the previous night in Kratie province, a day before their wedding was set to be held, police said on Sunday.

Mon Sreynheb, 18, and Loeut Choeut, 20, were walking home together in Snuol district’s Sre Char commune at around 9 p.m. on Friday when Mr. Chouet attacked his fiancee, said deputy provincial police chief Oum Phy.

“The groom hit her on the back of the neck using a wooden stick, and then strangled her to death with his hands,” he said. “They just had their blessing ceremony earlier that day and were to get married the next day.”

Villagers found Mr. Choeut unconscious at the scene of the crime a few hours later and took him to the hospital, Mr. Phy said, adding that police arrested him on Saturday. “He told us that he was being forced to marry her by his parents and had been planning to kill her,” he said.

Mr. Chouet was questioned on Sunday at the Kratie Provincial Court, according to Mr. Phy, who said he expected him to be charged with premeditated murder today.

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