Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a man over the brutal murder of a motorbike taxi driver in Meanchey district last month.
Captain Duong Rithy, a district penal police officer, identified the accused as San Tong, 25, from Kandal province.
He said that Mr Tong was charged with premeditated murder and faces life in prison if convicted. He is now in jail pending trial.
Cap Rithy identified the victim as Yan Choeun, 37, who lived in Takeo province’s Angkor Borey district.
He said that on January 27, the accused hired the victim to take him from Kandal province to the capital.
Cap Rithy said that they arrived at about 5pm and Mr Tong took a room at the Tracheak Chitr Guesthouse in Stung Meanchey commune.
“He persuaded Mr Choeun to stay at the guesthouse and at about 7.30pm he killed him in order to steal his property,” he said. “He slashed the victim’s throat nine times, causing him to die terribly on the bathroom floor.”
Cap Rithy said that at about 7.30pm that day, Mr Tong left the guesthouse and started driving off on Mr Choeun’s motorbike parked outside.
He said that the guesthouse owner saw him leaving and asked him why he came down alone and was driving off on the motorbike.
Cap Rithy added that the accused said he was taking the motorbike to find a girl for him to sleep with at the guesthouse.
He said that after Mr Tong drove off, the guesthouse owner went to check the room, found Mr Choeun’s body and alerted police.
Cap Rithy added that the accused was arrested by Battambang provincial police on Friday.
Major General Cheth Vanny, Provincial General Crimes Department chief, yesterday said that Mr Tong was arrested at the Cambodian-Thai border in the province.
“He was arrested while he attempted to flee to Thailand,” he said. “After his arrest, police did not seize the stolen motorbike from him because he had already sold it.”