Siem Reap provincial police yesterday revealed that one more suspect has been charged over the killing of an auto-parts dealer, brining the total accused over the gruesome stabbing murder last month to three.
Brigadier General Phoeung Chendarith, deputy chief of Siem Reap provincial police, identified the accused as Soy Lon, 24, who was arrested on Thursday and charged on Friday.
“He’s the one that killed the victim on the night of the robbery,” Brig Gen Chendarith said. “He was also the one that took the CCTV camera from the victim’s home after the murder.”
“He confessed to the murder during his interrogation,” he added.
The police have now apprehended three suspects involved in the killing of Pin Samnang, a 43-year-old businessman who sold auto parts in Siem Reap city and was killed during a home robbery on April 24.
The initial two suspects were arrested in April and earlier this month, leading police to the arrest of Mr Lon on Thursday. Mr Lon was charged with premeditated murder and faces life in prison if convicted. He has been jailed pending his trial.
Colonel Duong Sokha, chief of the criminal investigation department with Siem Reap provincial police, said that the latest arrest brings an end to those wanted in connection to the violent robbery, in which the victim was stabbed multiple times in the throat.
Col Sokha identified the other two suspects as Prum Soproeuk, 28, and Loeu Phiro, 35, both of whom were arrested in Siem Reap and also face premeditated murder charges.
The three men are accused of murdering the victim while he was alone at his home in Svay Dangkum commune.
The trio allegedly stole currency, jewellery and electronics from the victim’s home, and also the victim’s CCTV camera that incriminated the men.
Major Veng Bunly, deputy chief of Siem Reap city police, said that on the night of the murder, the victim’s wife and other family members were elsewhere.
He said that at about 2.30am, the assailants broke into the victim’s house and entered the bedroom while the victim was asleep. They proceeded to stab the victim multiple times in the throat with a vegetable knife, he added.
“According to the autopsy, they stabbed the victim many times with a sharp knife, causing the victim to die,” Maj Bunly said. “After killing the victim, they stole his property and took his CCTV camera from inside his home.”