Two men were arrested in two separate cases for allegedly killing their wives this week.
Khim Horn, 68, was arrested in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district after allegedly hacking his wife to death with an ax on Thursday at their home following a disagreement they had over $1,100 worth of gold.
District police chief Phon Tara said the fight arose after Mr. Horn asked his wife, Chan Sophai, 66, where the gold was.
The wife, he continued, “said that she used it all to pay for a hospital treatment for her illness.”
Mr. Tara said Mr. Horn proceeded to hack his wife to death, and is now being detained at the provincial police headquarters.
In a separate case in Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdech district, Sam Sarun, 36, was arrested by police on Tuesday after allegedly stabbing his wife, Leang Tolen, 25, in the neck for refusing to get back together with him.
The couple had split five months ago after Leang Tolen could no longer take being battered by her husband and moved to Koh Kong province, according to Angkor Reach commune chief Chan Kea.