A masseuse was arrested on Wednesday for her alleged involvement in the murder of a local journalist and massage parlour owner.
Kong Chanthoen, deputy chief of the major crimes unit in Kandal province, identified the suspect as Pheng Nan, 30. She was arrested at her rental house in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
The murder took place on Sunday evening at a guesthouse in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.
Mr Chanthoen said the victim was Nuon Sopheap, 58, a journalist with a local newspaper, and also a military officer with the 911 Special Forces Regiment. Additionally, he owned a massage parlour in Por Senchey district.
He added the suspect and victim were in a relationship, and she was also an employee at the massage parlour.
“She confessed she murdered him because she wanted to steal his property,” Mr Chanthoen said.
“She said her husband had been arrested for drug trafficking and jailed in Prey Sar prison. She also owed money to several people. She did not have money to support her jailed husband or pay her debts,” he said.
“She then hatched a plot to kill Mr Sopheap and steal his property.”
According to Ms Nan’s confession, she killed the victim by stabbing him repeatedly in the stomach while he was asleep after they had sex in the guesthouse room.
The victim’s family reported she stole $1,200, a platinum necklace, a gold ring, and a motorcycle, worth about $7,500.
Mr Sopheap’s body was found by a cleaner in the guesthouse where the murder took place. Another Kandal province police officer, who asked not to be named, said the suspect was preliminarily accused of premeditated murder, and faces a life sentence if convicted.
Ms Nan will be sent to Kandal Provincial Court today.