A 40-year-old man beat his wife to death with a wooden club on Tuesday night only 11 days after they were married in Kompong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district, police said Thursday.
The suspect, Yoem Bun Khoeub, had been married to 38-year-old Nin Han for less than two weeks when he took her to a mango plantation on his motorbike on Tuesday morning and used a wooden club to repeatedly bash her head in until she died from her injuries, district penal police chief May Sam At said.
“We found the wooden club that the husband used to kill his wife covered with blood, lying near the scene of the crime near a cottage on the plantation,” he said, adding that a pair of woman’s slippers were also found nearby.
Prior to the attack, the pair—both widowed from former marriages—reportedly had a heated argument on March 6, and though no one was hurt during the dispute, district police chief Say Bunthorn said that the suspect was known to be extremely jealous of his new bride.
“He was jealous of his wife to the point that he was driven to kill her,” Mr. Bunthorn said, adding that the suspect escaped before police arrived at the scene and his location is currently unknown.
Suon Chan, deputy district police chief, said that the victim’s brother alerted police after his sister called him in distress claiming her husband was trying to kill her.
“The victim’s brother got a phone call from his older sister to tell him she was in a mango plantation and her husband was trying to kill her but a minute later her phone lost connection,” he said, adding that by the time police arrived at the scene Nin Han was already dead.