Man Charged With Gross Domestic Violence

A Battambang man was sent to pro­vincial court Tuesday after at­tacking his wife with a burning stick, in an act of domestic violence that police described Wednes­day as torture.

Mov Tork, 39, told police that Nov Channy, 40, refused to hand over the $1 he wanted after spend­ing the morning drinking with friends, said Prom Thean, bu­reau chief of Battambang crime police.

Suspicious that she was hoarding the money to pay debts, and long jealous of her perceived at­ten­tions to other men, he hung her by the hands in their home in Ek Phnom district’s Prek Tol village, Koh Chivieng commune, tore off her clothes and proceeded to attack her, police said.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve heard or seen such cruel domestic violence,” said Chea Thaun, pro­vincial judicial deputy po­lice chief.

Mov Tork first beat Nov Channy over the head with a broken bottle, causing serious injury, Prom Thean said. He then lit a piece of firewood, burned her breasts and legs and attempted to rape her with the burning stick, causing  injury to her genitals. The couple’s small child witnessed the at­tack and tried un­successfully to help Nov Channy, Prom The­an said.

Nov Chan­ny’s screams alerted one of her neighbors, who intervened and fought off Mov Tork while other villagers fetched district po­lice.

The victim was first taken to the district hospital, but is now being treated at home for lack of funds, Prom Thean said.

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