Takeo provincial police on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old man over the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Koh Andet district.
Lieutenant Colonel Eam Pheap, deputy chief of Koh Andet district police, identified the suspect as Hun Tola, a 27-year-old farmer living in Pich Sar commune.
The victim was identified as Try Kakada, a 13-year-old student living in the same village as the suspect.
Lt Col Pheap yesterday said that at about 1pm on Sunday, the suspect brought a 21-year-old woman, who was his girlfriend and also the older sister of the victim, to visit his rice field on the outskirts of the village.
Lt Col Pheap added that the suspect and his girlfriend had sex at a quiet spot in the village, where the victim saw them and threatened to tell his parents.
Lt Col Pheap said the suspect was afraid that the victim would tell his parents and allegedly started to plan his murder. The suspect decided to invite the victim to go fishing in the village while the girl went home.
“When they arrived at a quiet spot, the suspect beat the victim until he was unconscious,” Lt Col Pheap said. “While the victim was unconscious, the suspect took a knife and slashed his throat to kill him.”
“After killing the victim, he threw the body into the pond and fled to hide in his home,” he added.
Lt Col Pheap said a villager later found the boy’s body at about 3.30pm that afternoon and alerted police and the victim’s family.
Lt Col Pheap said Mr Tola was later arrested at about 5pm on Sunday in his home based on information provided by his girlfriend.
She had alerted police before the murder took place that her brother walked off with Mr Tola to go fishing. The girl, however, did not disclose that she had sex with the suspect before it happened and that her brother saw them.
Major Heng Sopheak, a police officer with provincial general crimes department in Takeo province, said that Mr Tola admitted committing the offense, saying that he killed the victim because he was afraid the victim would tell his parents what he saw.
Maj Sopheak added that the suspect is accused by police of intentional murder and faces up to 15 years if convicted.