Khmer Times/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea Friday, 19 May 2017 610 views

Reporter on trial for nightclub murder

A local newspaper reporter and two garment workers went on trial yesterday, accused of murdering a 24-year-old man they argued with at a nightclub in July last year.
 

The victim Chea Sopheap, who was also a garment worker, was beaten severely before being stabbed with a sword outside a market in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district on July 3.
 

Heng Kessaror, presiding judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the suspects face charges of intentional murder.
 

They were identified as Soy David, 25, a reporter at Amnach Khmer Newspaper (Khmer Power Newspaper), Chea Dy, 25, and Vuok Thim, 23, both workers at a Chinese garment factory in Por Senchey.
 

The suspects had been drinking at a club on the night of the murder and got into a row with another group of seven garment workers, Mr Kessaror said.
 

The men left the nightclub, drove home to pick up weapons, and returned to the nearby market to wait for their targets and attack them as they left the club.   
 

“The victim’s group got on their motorbikes to drive away from the nightclub, but the suspects attacked them with sticks and swords,” he said.
 

Mr Sopheap was seriously injured but his friends fled.
 

“They stabbed the victim and he later died in hospital,” the judge said.
 

The suspects fled the scene but were arrested the next day.
 

Mr Dy, admitted arguing with the victim in the nightclub but said he was not involved in the killing.  
 

He told the court those who attacked the victim were his two friends named “Heng” and “Visal”, who were still at large.  
 

Sin Vireak, deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the authorities had been unable to identify the men accused by Mr Dy.  The hearing will continue on May 26.

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