Battambang Man Held in Beating Death of Daughter-in-Law

Authorities Sunday were holding a Battambang province man on suspicion in the beating death of his daughter-in-law.

Battambang provincial police were pursuing murder charges against the man for the choking death of Ya Yat, 23, of Anlong Vil com­mune, according to Battam­bang Serious Crime police Chief Le Tal. He said authorities were planning to ask the courts to de­tain the man while they continue the investigation.

Neighbors found Ya Yat’s nude body Jan 8 not far from her home, Le Tal said. She had been beaten with an ax and chocked with a wire. Authorities also be­lieve she had been raped, Le Tal said.

Ya Yat’s husband had been out of town for 15 days on a fishing expedition, and the father-in-law, who has denied involvement in her death, said Ya Yat was playing cards with her friends late Jan 7 and asked him to look after her child, Le Tal said.

The suspect has insisted Ya Yat ran off with a lover sometime that night and early last Monday, and that man must have killed her, Le Tal said.

Police recovered a cigarette lighter and a hand ax, stained with blood, not far from Ya Yat’s body. The suspect has admitted both items belonged to him, Le Tal said.

Neighbors have told police the suspect had a bloody nose on the evening of Ya Yat’s death, Le Tal said. Police believe the man re­ceived the injury while struggling with his daughter-in-law.


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