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Police arrest man over murder of ex-girlfriend

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police arrest the suspect at his rental room. Koh Santepheap

A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly strangling his ex-girlfriend to death in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district after she told him she was in love with another man.

Kim Kalayan, chief of the criminal investigation department of Meanchey district police, said the murder happened yesterday at about 11.30am at the suspect’s rental house in Stung Meanchey commune.

He identified the suspect as Sem San, a garment worker from Pursat province’s Krakor district, and the victim as Norng Spring, 20, from Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdach district.

Mr Kalayan said they had been together for a year, but separated about a month ago and stayed in different rental rooms in Damnak Thom 3 village.

According to a police investigation, on Tuesday evening the suspect phoned the victim and asked her to meet him at his room, where she ended up spending the night.

Yesterday morning, according to Mr Kalayan, the victim asked to completely break up from the suspect because she had found another man who was nicer and richer than him.

“He was angry at her for asking to separate from him. He took wires from a hammock to strangle her,” he said. “After killing her, he tried to kill himself by drinking poison but he didn’t die.”

Mr Kalayan added they were both found later by neighbours, who quickly reported it to local police. Police rescued the suspect and sent him to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment.

Sok Savuth, a Meanchey district penal police officer, confirmed yesterday that the suspect had received treatment and was now being temporarily detained at the district police station.

“He was preliminarily charged by police with premeditated murder. He faces a life sentence if convicted,” he said, adding the suspect would be sent to the municipal court for questioning today.

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