Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 41-year-old taxi driver after he admitted to killing his 30-year-old mistress at her home in Chamkar Mon district over jealousy that she may have slept with other men.
Police said the murder took place Tuesday morning at about 5am at the victim’s home in Phsar Deum Thkov commune, where the accused, Hong Sok Heng, strangled dead Suong Linna, 30.
After the murder, the accused fled the scene and neighbours discovered the victim’s body.
After discovering the body, neighbours reported it to police, leading to the arrest of Mr Heng the following day in Boeung Tumpon commune.
Bun Vireak, a police officer with the Chamkar Mon district police, said the court yesterday charged the accused with premeditated murder, adding that he faces life in prison if convicted.
Mr Vireak said the accused was in a romantic relationship with Ms Linna, who worked at a karaoke bar in Phnom Penh.
Mr Vireak said the accused believed his girlfriend was sleeping with other men and killed her in a jealous rage.
Seng Sopheap, an officer with the Phsar Deum Thkov commune police, said Mr Heng admitted to the crime during his interrogation at the police station following his arrest on Wednesday.
“The accused confessed that the reason why he killed her was because he was jealous,” said Mr Sopheap. “He was angry at the victim for never being home and he suspected the victim was sleeping with other men.”
“After he killed her, he stole her jewellery, including gold rings and necklace and fled the scene of the crime,” he added.
Mr Sopheap said that Mr Heng and Ms Linna were romantically involved over the last year, adding that Mr Heng could not control his jealousy and temper.
He said Mr Heng admitted to strangling the victim on her bed. After killing her, he moved the body to cover up the murder, he added.
He said Mr Heng admitted to making the murder look like a suicide for neighbours to discover. The accused is expected to make a court appearance today, after which he will likely be jailed pending his trial.