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Local journalist stabbed to death

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Police are seeking the arrest of a masseuse who allegedly stabbed a local journalist to death in a guesthouse in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.

Kong Chanthoeun, deputy chief of the provincial major crimes unit, said the murder took place on Sunday at about 6pm at the Samnang Nash Guesthouse located in Bek Chan commune’s Trapaing Sokrom village.

He identified the victim as Nuon Sopheap, 58, a journalist at the Samleng Pracheachoan newspaper, and the owner of a massage shop in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district. Mr Sopheap’s body was found in room 111 by the cleaner.

Mr Chanthoeun added the victim had been stabbed 17 times in the stomach, right thigh and both hands, according to an examination of his body. He died in bed due to his injuries.

“The suspect killed him by stabbing him with a knife a total of 17 times on his stomach, hands and right thigh, causing him to die immediately at the scene, due to serious injuries,” he said yesterday.

“After killing him, she stole his money, other valuable things and motorbike, and then fled from the place.”

Mr Chanthoeun said the victim brought the young woman, who was his girlfriend, from Phnom Penh to stay at the guesthouse on Sunday at about 3pm, according to the police investigation and witnesses.

At about 5.30pm, the woman emerged alone from the guesthouse room, took the victim’s motorbike and left.

The cleaner, who stayed downstairs at the guesthouse, became suspicious and went to check on the victim’s room, discovering his naked body on the bed.

After seeing his body, the cleaner told the guesthouse owner who then reported it to local police.

Sam Bora, chief of the provincial major crimes unit, said police still did not know the motive for the murder nor the suspect’s identity.

He added police were working hard to find and arrest the suspect.

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