Monday, November 28, 2011

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

MAN who had set himself aflame after his ex-wife refused to reconcile with him died from his wounds at Calmette hospital late Sunday night.
Chhum Pov, a 38-year-old migrant worker, had been rushed to the Phnom Penh hospital from Kampong Cham province’s Stung Trang district on Sunday evening but died soon after arriving, district police chief Chea Thearith said.
Chhum Pov had returned to his village in the district’s Soupheas commune early on Sunday hoping to reconcile with his ex-wife, who had divorced him four months ago, Chea Thearith said.
After failing to convince her to reunite with him, Chhum Pov doused her house in petrol, set it on fire, and then jumped into the flames, Chea Thearith said. Neighbours had to wait for the flames to subside before they could help him.
Chhum Pov was first taken to a district hospital where staff immediately had him transferred to Calmette, the officer said, adding that the deceased’s ex-wife had divorced him because he was unreliable and an alcoholic.

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