Bread vendors guilty of murdering garment worker

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
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The convict,  Sok Heng, alias Eth Chay, a 31-year-old scavenger. KT/ Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted and sentenced three people to prison over the murder and robbery of a garment factory worker whose body was thrown into a canal last year.

Presiding Judge Ros Samedy identified them as Sok Heng, alias Eth Chay, a 31-year-old scavenger, Keo Sophaneth, a 28-year-old bread seller, and his wife 31-year-old Ath Oeun. They all lived in a rented home in Stung Meanchey commune’s Treat Pi village.

Judge Samedy said Mr Heng and Mr Sophaneth were both sentenced to life in prison, while Ms Oeun was given a 30-year sentence.

“The court has decided to sentence Sok Heng and Keo Sophaneth to life, and Ath Oeun to 30 years in prison,” he said. “If you do not agree with your sentence, each of you have the right to appeal within one month.”

Judge Samedy said that they were charged with premeditated murder in June last year over the murder of Khnoey Soeng, a 31-year-old garment worker who worked and lived Stung Meanchey commune.

Colonel Cheav Vibol, chief of the Interior Ministry’s penal department, yesterday in court said the three convicts sold bread near a garment factory where the victim worked.

Col Vibol said months before the murder, the three took out loans ranging from $20 to $50 from the victim in order to improve their bread business.

He said after noticing that the victim had jewellery and an expensive motorbike, the three plotted to kill and rob the victim.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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