Two arrested for kidnap and murder
Two men were arrested yesterday for allegedly kidnapping a Chinese man and murdering him because his family could not come up with a ransom.
Police said Mong Chamroeun, 21, and Gao Keyan, 40, a casino gambler from China, would face life sentences if convicted of premeditated murder.
Both men were being held at Por Senchey district police station in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Gao had met the victim, Luong Feng, 35, while both worked at a casino in Preah Sihanouk province and on April 9 invited him to dine with him and his co-accused, his Khmer brother-in-law.
Meng Tuch, a police officer at Por Senchey, said that after dinner they all went to stay at a guesthouse in Chom Chao district.
“But as soon as the victim entered his room at the guesthouse, the two suspects grabbed him, tied him up with wire and demanded money from his family,” said Mr. Tuch.
“The two suspects then ordered the victim to phone his family and obtain money from them in return for his release but because they did not get the money as demanded and because they were afraid that the victim would report it to the police, they then murdered him by strangling him with wire.
“After killing the victim, they put him into a car and drove it into the Neak Leung river in Prey Veng province.
They then went into hiding in Preah Sihanouk.”
Villagers spotted the victim’s body floating on the river the next day.
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