Kampot provincial police on Tuesday arrested one of two men suspected of murdering a man in Kampong Trach district’s Chres village following a dispute.
Major General Mao Chanmathurith, provincial police chief, said that his officers coordinated with Phnom Penh authorities to arrest 25-year-old Tern Saru in the capital’s Chroy Changva district.
He noted that Mr Saru, along with his father, 52-year-old Long Sary, are suspected of murdering a man in Chres village before they fled to Phnom Penh.
According to police, Mr Saru and Mr Sary murdered Ly Peng, a 52-year-old man who lived in the same village as the suspects.
Police noted that Mr Peng was riding on a motorbike alone when the suspects attacked him with a shovel.
After falling off his motorbike, the two suspects continued to hit the victim on his head and neck until he died at the scene.
“Upon questioning, Mr Saru acknowledged that his family had an argument with the victim, who accused his father of using black magic on their family, adding that he planned to kill the victim out of spite by using a shovel,” Maj Gen Chanmathurith said.
He added that police are still searching for Mr Sary and will submit the case to the Kampot Provincial Court today.