A JEALOUS husband has allegedly confessed to beheading his wife and riding away on a motorcycle with her severed head in a gruesome attack.
Phuong Ratha, 27, had inflicted months of abuse upon his 23 year old wife, Ly Srey Nouch, before he eventually cut off her head with a meat cleaver last week.
The evil husband allegedly attacked his wife in a jealous rage at their home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last Friday evening, May 27.
After cutting off her head and stuffing it in a sack, Phuong Ratha, 27, rode away on a motorcycle and dumped it in a nearby wasteland.
Ly’s dismembered corpse was found on the family home’s white-tiled floor next to empty beer cans and the blood soaked knife by the couple’s horrified neighbor, Phan Sreyphet, 48.
Mr Sreyphet went to check on the couple late in the day after hearing Phuong shouting at his wife, but was stunned to discover the gruesome scene.
An urgent manhunt was carried out by police, and Mr Ratha was found around 60 miles away the next afternoon, May 28.
Phuong allegedly told police he slit his wife’s throat in a jealous rage before attempting to hide her severed head.
He said: “I was jealous because I felt like my wife was acting differently. I didn’t beat her before I killed her.
“I used a white knife to cut her throat.”
The couple had moved into a rented property in February with their one year old son to start a new life.
But neighbours told police the depraved husband was “violent and abusive”, and would berate his wife over jealously accusing her of talking to other men.
Phan, the neighbour who found the body, said: “I heard them arguing a lot and the husband would often shout. He was very jealous.
“I was worried about the wife and checked on her in the evening.
“That’s when I found her body on the floor.”
In a statement released by the Boeung Kak district police, an officer said that the victim’s mutilated body was found in a pool of blood by neighbours.
They immediately called the authorities around 7:00pm.
They said: “The victim was found face-down on a tiled floor with her throat cut. Only the couple lived in the rental unit.
“There are no other suspects and the husband has confessed.”
Lieutenant general Song Ly, Deputy Commissioner for Criminal Planning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said the husband had been driven by jealously.
He said: “The attack was motivated by anger and jealousy. An arrest warrant was issued and the suspect was caught.
“He has admitted to murdering his wife in a violent and brutal way.
“He will formally face the charges in court.”
The suspect appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday morning, May 30, where he was remanded in custody for sentencing.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.