Pursat provincial police have arrested a 35-year-old woman who allegedly fatally beat her husband with a stick during a domestic row.

Sen Pov was taken into custody after her spouse, Say Siemly, a 47-year-old primary schoolteacher, died on Saturday as his family attempted to take him to Phnom Penh for medical treatment, according to police.

Sen Pov, 35, stands with the stick that she used to beat her husband to death. Koh Santepheap Daily
Sen Pov, 35, stands with the stick that she used to beat her husband to death. Koh Santepheap Daily

Kravanh District Police Chief Vorng Savet said the couple, who live in the district’s Ptas Rung commune, were known to drink and get into fights.

He said after a row on Friday, Pov left to sleep at her mother’s home but returned early Saturday morning, when the altercation resumed and escalated.

After being threatened with a knife, Pov, who told police she “could not bear” the abuse, struck her husband in the head twice with a wooden stick.

The couple went to bed, but the serious nature of Siemly’s injuries soon became apparent. He was first taken to the district hospital before he was referred to the capital but died en route.

Meas Mol, director of the Pursat Serious Crimes Department, said Pov had been sent to the provincial court.