Farmer charged in police revenge killing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Police say Mr Nak was caught with the murder weapon. Supplied

A farmer has confessed to murdering a commune police chief for revenge in Tbong Khmum province.

The victim, Second Lieutenant Seng Sokem, 45, was chief of Veal Mlou commune police. 

He died after being stabbed in the neck with a long knife on Friday night. 

Som Piseth, deputy chief of the provincial major crimes unit, identified the suspect as Nath
Nak, 53.

Lt Sokem was conducting a regular patrol of the commune when he was attacked by Mr Nak at about 9.30pm. 

The suspect had been hiding on a quiet road near the village, lying in wait for the victim to ride by on his motorcycle. 

He intercepted Lt Sokem and stabbed him in the neck several times, killing him immediately. 
 
The suspect fled but was arrested the following morning in possession of the murder weapon. 

A provincial police officer said Mr Nak had confessed to the crime. 

He said he planned the attack as revenge, after Lt Sokem arrested him and his son in separate incidents. 

According to the suspect, Lt Sokem arrested him for beating his wife in 2016. He was released after being told not to do it again. 

Earlier this year, the police chief arrested Mr Nak’s son, following a verbal altercation with another youth in the village. His son was released after paying compensation to the victim. 

Mr Nak told officers he had planned the attack to get back at Lt Sokem for targeting him and his family.

He was yesterday charged with premeditated murder by Tbong Khmum Provincial Court and faces a life sentence in prison.
 

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