Police are looking to arrest a military officer suspected of stabbing a Chinese businessman dead and injuring his estranged wife and mother-in-law at a restaurant in Phnom Penh on Monday.
Major Chuon Saroeun, deputy commander of Chamkar Mon district military police, identified the suspect as Captain Kong Kosal, a military officer with Regiment 91 based in Kampong Speu province.
Maj Saroeun identified the Chinese businessman as Song Qingjun who lived in a rented house in Boeng Trabek commune.
He also identified the other victims as Kong Sophara, the suspect’s estranged wife, and her mother Men Eng.
“We are now seeking to arrest the suspect,” Maj Saroeun said. “We know his identity – he cannot escape this and will be arrested soon.”
Second Lieutenant Pol Seng, an officer with the commune police, yesterday said on Monday at about 7:30pm, Ms Sophara, Ms Eng and Ms Sophara’s two children were having dinner with Mr Song, who had been dating Ms Sophara, at Family BBQ Buffet in Boeng Trabek.
Sec Lt Seng said Cap Kosal, who was in civilian clothing, entered the restaurant and walked towards the table where his family was sitting and began stabbing Mr Song.
“He was angry with Mr Song for having an affair with his estranged wife,” he said. “He took a vegetable knife and stabbed the victim in the face, chest, stomach and penis, causing fatal injuries.”
“Ms Sophara and Ms Eng attempted to intervene by holding down Cap Kosal,” Sec Lt Seng added. “Cap Kosal then turned to them and began slashing his knife at his estranged wife and mother-in-law.”
He said that Cap Kosal, who was also carrying a shotgun, fled the scene on his motorbike, noting that witnesses at the restaurant then called police.
The victims were then rushed to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, but Mr Song succumbed to his injuries in the ambulance.