Kampong Speu provincial police yesterday arrested a 30-year-old goldsmith over the murder of a 33-year-old high school teacher in Oral district.
Captain Noun Vuthy, a penal police officer with Oral district police, identified the suspect as Choun Theanyreasey, a goldsmith living in Preah Ponlea commune in Banteay Meanchey province’s Serey Sorphon city.
The victim was identified as Toch Veasna, a high school teacher who taught physical education at Taing Robang Secondary School and lived in Oral district. Mr Veasna was shot to death.
Cap Vuthy said yesterday that Mr Veasna in March met a 27-year-old woman on Facebook and the two eventually became involved in a relationship. They met in person for the first time on April 14.
The woman is the ex-wife of Mr Theanyreasey. They divorced in January.
Upon learning of his ex-wife’s new relationship, Mr Theanyreasey became angry with Mr Veasna. Mr Theanyreasey proceeded to search for the victim’s home address, workplace and also learned about his day-to-day activities.
Cap Vuthy noted that after finding all the information, at about 11.30am on Wednesday, Mr Theanyreasey followed Mr Veasna to the school where he worked. By 12pm, Mr Veasna and his friends went to have lunch just outside of the school.
“While the victim was eating, Mr Theanyrease approached him,” Cap Vuthy said. “As he came closer to the victim, Mr Theanyreasey took out a pistol and shot the victim’s neck, which caused him to die immediately.”
“During the shooting, everyone who sat nearby the victim did not dare to help. They ran away at the sight of Mr Theanyreasey’s gun,” he added.
Cap Vuthy said that afterwards, Mr Theanyreasey fled the location on his motorbike, which he parked about six meters from where the shooting happened. Mr Veasna’s friends soon alerted the police following Mr Theanyreasey’s departure.
Within 30 minutes, Mr Theanyreasey was arrested and the police seized a pistol along with eight unused bullets, his identification card and a motorbike.
Major General Som Samoun, chief of Kampong Speu provincial police, said Mr Theanyreasey is being questioned at the provincial police’s general crime department. He is accused by police of premeditated murder and faces up to a life sentence if convicted.