Police yesterday arrested a 31-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering a woman before putting the remains in an ice box that he ditched along a road in Kandal province.
Lieutenant General Sok Khemarin, director of the Interior Ministry’s Penal Police Department, said that his officers cooperated with provincial police to make the arrest.
Chao Vuthy, the provincial serious crimes bureau chief, identified the suspect as Soeun Sopheng, 31, who was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Sek Sok district.
A dismembered body was found by villagers in an ice box discarded along a street in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district on Friday.
Leng Sophal, deputy police chief of Khsach Kandal district, said police have identified the victim as Khoeun Theany, a 29-year-old garment worker who lived in Hanchey commune.
“According to an examination of the victim’s body, she was killed and cut up into pieces,” he said. “After killing her, the suspect put her in an ice box, transported her by car and dumped the box along the street.”
Mr Vuthy said the suspect and the victim were friends, and that the suspect was motivated by debt.
“He killed the victim in his rental room in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune on Friday morning,” Mr Vuthy said, noting the victim was robbed of her Zoomer X motorbike, iPhone and other goods in order to pay off debt incurred from gambling.
“The suspect put her into an ice box and discarded it along the street in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district,” said Mr Vuthy. “The suspect is detained for questioning at the Kandal provincial police headquarters.” Provincial police chief Major General Eav Chamroeun could not be reached for comment yesterday.