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Family killer in court over murders

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The accused killed his daughter and father-in-law. Post News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday tried a man accused of killing his two-year-old daughter and 57-year-old father-in-law after his wife divorced him because he raped her mother.

Presiding Judge Heng Sokna said at the municipal court that Eng Samnang, 26, stands accused of premeditated murder and faces a life sentence if convicted.

Judge Sokna noted that the accused was arrested on September 3 after allegedly killing his two-year-old-daughter and his 57-year-old father-in-law.

According to police, the suspect raped his 49-year-old mother-in-law on August 29 in Svay Rieng province while his wife was at work and his father-in-law was in hospital.

A day later, the mother-in-law told her daughter what happened and the daughter expelled her husband from her family home, telling him she wanted a divorce.

The suspect then fled to Phnom Penh with his two-year-old daughter, where he strangled her with electrical wire in his Dangkor district rental room on September 2, leaving her body for neighbours to discover.

After killing his daughter, the accused travelled back to Svay Rieng province where he planned to kill his mother-in-law, whom he could not locate.

Instead, he went to the provincial hospital where his father-in-law was staying and strangled him dead in his hospital room’s bathroom.

After the murders, the accused fled to hide in Kampong Speu province, where he was later arrested on September 3.

During the trial, the accused admitted to the crimes.

“The reason why I killed my own daughter and my father-in-law was because I was angry at my mother-in-law for separating me from my wife,” he told the court.

“On the other hand, I was also angry at my wife for divorcing me,” he added. “Therefore, I did not have any choice. I killed my own daughter and father-in-law in revenge.”

A verdict is due April 12.

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