Police in Kratie province are working hard to seek the arrest of suspects believed to have been involved in the killing and burning of a man at a rubber plantation in Snuol district.
Brigadier General Sum Sokhim, deputy chief of Kratie provincial police, yesterday said the murder took place at about 10.30am on Wednesday at the plantation in Sre Char commune.
Brig Gen Sokhim said the burnt body of the victim was found by a rubber plantation worker at about 12pm. He said the corpse was discovered by an unidentified man who alerted police for an intervention.
He said that after receiving a report, police officers travelled to the crime scene and inspected the burned victim.
Brig Gen Sokhim said officers managed to identify the victim after his parents were contacted.
According to Brig Gen Sokhim, the victim was identified as 23-year-old farmer Khom Sith, who lived in the commune’s Don Pok village.
“According investigation of the crime scene, we’ve concluded that the victim was brutally killed, and burned along with his motorcycle,” Brig Gen Sokhim said. “The victim was terribly burned on top of the fire.”
“We suspect that first killers might have beaten the victim to death,” he added. “After killing him, they collected branches from a nearby forest, arranged them in place, moved the victim’s body and his motorbike on top of the branches.”
“After putting the dead body and the motorbike on top of the branches, they poured gasoline on him and the motorbike and set them on fire before fleeing,” he said.
He noted that according to investigation, police believe at least two people were involved in the killing and burning of the victim.
Brig Gen Sokhim said the killers could also be people living in the same commune as the victim.
He added that police are working hard to identify the suspects and have them arrested in order to have them punished.