Siem Reap city police arrested a 20-year-old construction worker yesterday for allegedly murdering his former boss on Sunday.
Major Seng Kong, deputy chief of Siem Reap city police, identified the suspect as Soeun Sokleap and the victim as Poy Thida, 32, the owner of a construction company in the province.
Major Kong said that on the morning of the murder, the suspect and the victim were riding a motorbike together to distribute advertisements for Ms Thida’s company.
“They stopped at a dark place where the suspect took out electrical wires and used them to strangle the victim,” Maj Kong said. “After Mr Sokleap killed his boss, he stole her motorbike, money, jewellery and other valuable objects. He then rode the stolen bike and fled.”
According to Maj Kong, the body of the victim was retrieved the same morning after villagers found the body and reported it to local police.
After discovering the victim’s identity, police were able to arrest the suspect yesterday morning.
After the arrest, police seized a Dream C-125 motorbike, $1,315, a pair of gold bracelets, two diamond rings, and one pair of golden earrings.
A provincial police officer said yesterday that the suspect confessed to the crime during his interrogation at the police station.
“He confessed to the killing and he also confessed to stealing her property,” he said.
He added that police have accused the suspect of premeditated murder and that he faces a life sentence if convicted.
The suspect is due to make his first court appearance today.