Police in Svay Rieng Province’s Svay Chrum district on Sunday arrested a farmer who allegedly hacked his younger brother to death because the latter had asked their jobless mother for $5 to travel to Phnom Penh.
Major Mao Sokhorn, deputy district police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Ly Saveth, 29, living in the district’s Daun Sar commune.
He identified the victim as Ly Saroeun, 27, who worked as a construction worker and stayed in a rental house in Phnom Penh.
Maj Sokhorn said that on Friday the victim, who has a wife and son, went to visit his parents living in Daun Sar commune.
He said that at about 2pm on Sunday Mr Saroeun wanted to return to resume his work in Phnom Penh, but did not have money to pay for the taxi fare.
Maj Sokhorn said that the victim asked his 56-year-old mother for $5 to pay the fare but she did not have any money.
He said the mother then walked out of the house to borrow the money from neighbours.
Maj Sokhorn said that when the mother left the house, the suspect, scolded his younger brother for always asking their jobless mother for money every time he came home, although he did not give her any money.
He noted that both brothers began arguing over the issue.
“Mr Saveth was angry with his younger brother, who has a job and a wife and child in Phnom Penh, because he asked their mother for 20,000 riels to pay for the taxi fare,” Maj Sokhorn said. “The suspect then took a machete and hacked the victim on the neck, causing him to die on the spot.”
He noted that instead of fleeing Mr Saveth told neighbours that he had killed his younger brother.
Maj Sokhorn said that the neighbours did not believe him and went to check, adding that they alerted police after seeing Mr Saroeun’s body lying on a bed under the house.
He noted that the suspect was arrested at about 3pm on Sunday at his home and police seized a machete from him.
Major Prom Vireak, a provincial penal police officer, yesterday said that during his interrogation, Mr Saveth admitted committing the offence and said he killed his brother because he always asked their mother for money whenever he visited her.
He said the suspect is accused of intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
Maj Vireak added that Mr Saveth is still being detained by provincial police and will be sent to the provincial court today.