Man Arrested for Killing Wife in Pre-Dinner Dispute

Police arrested a man early Sunday morning who they suspect of killing his wife during an argument over chopping chili at their home in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City.

Det Sambath, 47, allegedly murdered his wife Eng Kisavorn, 42, with the knife she was using to prepare food at about 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, according to Poipet commune police chief Im Sophearak.

“The wife was chopping chili for a meal, but the chili bounced away and hit the husband who was standing nearby and he got angry, leading the couple to argue with each other,” he said.

“The husband took the knife the wife had used…and stabbed his wife in her chest.”

Mr. Sambath was arrested while hiding about 100 meters from the house, he added.

Poipet City police chief Um Sophal said police found the suspect at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and that he was being detained at Poipet City police headquarters, adding that he will be sent to Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court today.

“We are preparing the case documents and we will send him to the court tomorrow morning,” Mr. Sophal said.

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