Husband Allegedly Kills Wife in Front of Their Son

A 28-year-old woman was killed by her husband in their house after a midnight quarrel in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district on Saturday, police said on Sunday, though the suspect has denied committing the crime.

Toulah Mayan was stabbed 16 times in the head, torso and arms at about 12:30 a.m. at the couple’s rented house, said Yoeun Chantha, the deputy Chroy Changva commune police chief, adding that the only suspect was her husband, 34-year-old Be Vansak.

Toulah Mayan is survived by the couple’s 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, he said, adding that the older child had witnessed the attack.

“The son said he saw his father kick his mother and then get a knife to cut her,” Mr. Chantha said. “She died in front of her house soon after while calling for help.”

Mr. Vansak denied committing the murder under questioning by police, saying he had gone out to bring cows to drink along the riverbank, Mr. Chantha said.

Deputy district police chief Ek Sereyvuth said the suspect would be sent to court today.

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