A third man has been arrested over the sex killing of a 37-year-old gay man and the theft of his motorbike.
Phath Sokun, 27, a farmer from Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong district, has been charged with premeditated murder. He was arrested on Friday in the province.
Cosmetics vendor Phoeun Simoeun was killed on May 25 at a drug-using area in the province’s Serey Sorphoan city.
Two other gay men, Lonh Sokea, 32, and Srun Sos, 37, have been arrested and charged with the premeditated murder of Mr Simoeun.
Mr Sokea and Mr Sros both lived in Serey Sorphoan city. They have been jailed pending their trial.
Brigadier General Sith Lah, deputy chief of Banteay Meanchey provincial police, said Mr Sokun was the third man to have taken part in the killing of the victim.
“According his confessions, he took pieces of rock and beat the victim’s head,” Mr Lah said. “After killing the victim, he stole his motorbike and sold it to a motorbike shop in the province for $500.”
The three accused divided the cash and Mr Sokun got $100.
Major Sath Savuth, deputy chief of Serey Sorphoan city police, said that on the evening of May 25, four gay men persuaded Mr Simoeun to drink beer at a beer garden in Serey Sorphoan city.
They drank there until late at night. Afterwards, they persuaded the victim to smoke drugs in Kon Khla village.
The victim brought Mr Sokea and Mr Sos there on his motorbike. The other suspects drove on their own motorbike.
After arriving at a quiet spot, they stopped the motorbikes.
“While the victim was having oral sex with Srun Soh, Lonh Sokea, who was standing nearby, beat the victim on the head with a beer bottle and knocked him out,” Mr Savuth said. “While the victim was unconscious, Lonh Sokea took the broken beer bottle and stabbed the victim’s face while the other two suspects killed the victim by smashing his head with rocks.”
They then stole the victim’s motorbike and fled.
Villagers later found Mr Simoeun’s body. The final suspect remains at large.