Jealous husband admits to sickeningly beheading wife in horrifying bloodshed


A jealous husband has admitted beheading his wife with a meat cleaver, then riding away on a motorcycle with her severed head stuffed in a sack, according to police.

Phuong Ratha, 27, moved into a rented room in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,with his partner Ly Srey Nouch, 23, and their one-year-old son but became convinced she was seeing other men.

He is accused of attacking her and slitting her throat – severing her neck with the huge kitchen knife during a jealous rage last Friday evening (May 27).

Phuong reportedly stuffed Ly’s head in a sack and rode away on a motorcycle before dumping the bloody evidence in a nearby wasteland.



Phuong and his wife moved to the capital in February

The couple’s neighbour Phan Sreyphet, 48, checked in on them later that day but was shocked to find Ly’s mutilated corpse on the blood-covered white tile floor. The blood-covered knife was found next to the body with strands of Ly’s hair seen on the blade.

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Police immediately launched a manhunt for the husband and found him later the next afternoon, May 28, in his home town in Takeo province around 60 miles away.

Police claim that Phuong has admitted to them that he slit his wife’s throat in a jealous rage and had tried to conceal her head.



The grisly killing took place in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh
The grisly killing took place in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh

Accordig to a Cambodian police report, Phuong told them: “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.”

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Phuong said he and Ly moved into the property in the Cambodian capital in February. They were starting a new life with their son.

However, neighbours told police the husband was “violent and abusive”. He would allegedly shout at Ly and accuse her of chatting to other men on her phone.

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 7pm.

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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 this morning (Monday, May 30), where he was remanded in custody for sentencing.



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