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Police arrest man suspected of burning SUV in Kampong Cham

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The damaged vehicle that was set ablaze. Supplied

Police in Kampong Cham province yesterday said a security guard was arrested on Monday on the suspicion he set an SUV ablaze.

Major Bun Samnang, deputy chief of Kampong Cham city police, identified the suspect as 33-year-old security guard Heng Youra, who worked for a karaoke bar in the city, while the victim was identified as 20-year-old grocery store vendor Sok Thea.

Maj Samnang said on Friday at about 1am, Mr Youra finished his shift at the bar and was travelling home on his bicycle on a bridge when he was almost hit by the SUV being driven by a drunk Mr Thea.

Maj Samnang said Mr Youra became angry over the incident and jotted down Mr Thea’s plate number. With the information, Mr Youra was able to pinpoint the location of the victim.

The next day, at about 12.30am, Mr Youra rode his bicycle to search for Mr Thea’s house in Veal Vong commune, where he came across the SUV.

After seeing the vehicle, Mr Youra went to a vendor, bought gasoline, and returned to the victim’s home to set it on fire.

“He was angry because the victim was driving the car really fast and almost hit him on the bridge,” Maj Samnang said. “To take revenge, Mr Youra poured gasoline on Mr Thea’s car and set it on fire.”

“It happened in front of the victim’s home,” he added. “The fire engulfed the car and completely destroyed it.”

Maj Samnang said that after burning the car, Mr Youra fled the scene and returned home.

Mr Youra was later arrested at about 10am on Monday after police were able to identify him through CCTV footage at the victim’s home.

Colonel Heng Vuthy, chief of the provincial general crimes department, yesterday said the suspect is accused of intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances, and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Col Vuthy said Mr Youra is now being held at the provincial general crimes department office and is expected to be questioned by the provincial court today.

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