The Tbong Khmum Provincial Court on Sunday charged a man with the murder of his pregnant wife after finding her body on Friday morning.
Chan Doul, head of the judicial police unit in Memot district, said Sea Krol, 25, was charged with the intentional murder of his wife, Pom Sreymom, 22, who had been seven months pregnant.
“The investigating judge decided to place the suspect in pretrial detention and we already sent him to the provincial prison,” he said.
Choam Kravien commune police chief Beng Rithy said officers found the woman’s body on her bed at about 7 a.m. on Friday after receiving a complaint from the village chief, and that investigators suspect the murder occurred at about 4 a.m.
He said Mr. Krol denied killing his wife and claimed to have left their home at 3:30 a.m. to tend to their small rubber tree farm.
But Mr. Rithy said neighbors told his officers that they heard arguing inside the house at about 4 a.m. and that someone left the residence with a flashlight soon afterward.
He said officers had confiscated a knife used for tapping rubber trees that was consistent with the wounds found on the wife’s head.