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Hunter charged with murder

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused attacked the victim for revenge. Nokor Wat

Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed a 27-year-old hunter over the murder of a farmer who was fatally shot with an arrow in the neck.

Major Ros Thoeun, deputy police chief in Stung Trang district, identified the accused as Pan Vy, a farmer living in Dang Kdar commune, and the victim as Moeun Chantha, 26, from the same commune.

Maj Thoeun said the accused was charged with premeditated murder and faces a life sentence if convicted.

Maj Thoeun said that on Friday at about 11pm, the accused went to the home of the victim armed with a bow and arrow to get revenge over an argument the two of them had the previous day.

“He killed the victim by shooting him with a steel narrow in the throat while the victim was sleeping alone on a bamboo bed,” he said. “After killing the victim, he fled to stay at his house and pretended that he did not know anything.”

Maj Thoeun said the body of victim was later found by neighbours on Saturday at about 6am.

He noted that Mr Vy was later arrested by district police at about 11am on Saturday after villagers reported the argument the two men had on Thursday to police.

After his arrest, police inspected his house and seized a bow and multiple arrows, he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Seng Sophea, a provincial police officer with the general crimes department, said the accused denied committing the murder when questioned.

“But based on the evidence that our police collected from his house, we could not trust him,” he said. “So we sent him to the court for further questioning.”

“The prosecutor charged him with premeditated murder,” he added.

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