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Two held for killing auto-parts dealer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
One of the suspects accused of killing an auto-parts seller. Supplied

Two men were arrested yesterday for their alleged involvement in the gruesome murder of an auto-parts dealer that took place on Tuesday in Siem Reap city.

Colonel Duong Sokha, police chief of the provincial criminal investigation department, identified the two men as Prum Soproeuk, a 28-year-old land broker, and Loeu Phiro, a 35-year-old construction worker.

“Both men are accused of premeditated murder by the police, a sentence that could see them jailed for life,” Col Sokha said.

He added that the suspects were being detained and interrogated for their involvement in the victim’s murder.

Earlier this week, Major Veng Bunly, deputy chief of Siem Reap city police, identified the victim as Pin Samnang, a 43-year-old businessmen who dealt in vehicle spare-parts at a shop in Siem Reap city.

He said two men broke into the victim’s home on Tuesday at about 2.30am as the victim was sleeping in his bedroom.

“The suspects stabbed him in the throat many times with a sharp vegetable knife,” Maj Bunly said, adding that after killing the victim, the two men stole valuables and took the victim’s CCTV camera.

He said the body of the victim was later discovered at about 8am on the same morning by relatives who called the police to intervene.

Maj Bunly said the men took three gold necklaces worth $5,000, one gold ring worth $500, three smartphones, one CCTV camera and the victim’s money.

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