A MAN who threw acid in his girlfriend’s face and chopped her hand off with a meat cleaver has finally been thrown in jail.
Kub Pha, 43, was on the run for 18 months before he was caught by cops in Cambodia.
He was convicted in his absence of attacking his girlfriend San Chenda in the commune of Kandoeng in the district of Bati in the southern Cambodian province of Takeo on February 27 2019.
He was sentenced in absentia to 14 years and began serving his sentence after being sent to jail as soon as he was arrested.
The suspect was arrested in the commune of O’Samril in the district of Samlout in the north-western province of Battambang on 5th September following an 18-month manhunt.
He attacked his girlfriend with acid and a meat cleaver and Chenda eventually lost her left hand in the incident.
According to a National Police report, Pha attacked his lover because she wanted to split up with him.
The suspect then fled Takeo and spent the next 18 months hiding from the authorities in the provinces of Pailin, Pursat and Battambang, according to Khmer Times. At one point it was feared he had fled abroad.
An arrest warrant was issued on 8th April this year, and Pha was initially charged with attempted murder by the Takeo Provincial Court on 18th April.
He was subsequently sentenced to 14 years in prison in absentia.
Ngeng Chou, criminal police department chief for the Interior Ministry, said that Pha was taken to the Takeo Provincial Court on Sunday and began serving his sentence on the day of his arrest.
This comes after a naked man was arrested after brutally “beheading” his mum because he “thought she was possessed by a ghost”.
Eam Samnang, 32, is suspected of killing Hak Sokha, 65, after cops prevented him from killing himself having found him walking naked in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia last week.
When he was questioned by police he reportedly admitted slitting his mum’s throat with a cleaver because he “thought a ghost had entered her body and possessed her”.
Deputy district police chief Chea Sovann said officers found him walking naked behind the International University building in the district of Sen Sok.