Court sets trial date for Japanese taxi driver killers

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The two men are accused of killing a taxi driver. Siem Reap Police

Siem Reap Provincial Court on September 9 will try two Japanese nationals over the killing of a taxi driver and stealing of his vehicle in the province.

Yin Srang, court spokesman, yesterday said the murder took place in Siem Reap province’s Pouk district on March 17.

“The provincial court will try the case of two Japanese nationals, who killed a taxi driver,” he said.

In March, the court charged Ishida Reimon and Nakakuri Ryuji, both 24, with premeditated murder for allegedly killing Hoem Chan, 41, while they robbed him of his taxi.

They were arrested by police shortly afterwards when they crashed the vehicle.

Theng Chamroeun, a lawyer for the two accused, yesterday said he received the information that the court will try his clients.

“I will attend to defend my clients on that day because I am not busy with another case,” he said.

Sok Chanroeun, 38, Mr Chan’s wife, yesterday said she was informed about the trial on Sunday.

“My lawyer and I will attend the hearing on September 9 at the provincial court,” she said.

Ms Chanroeun noted that she will maintain her attempt to seek compensation from the two Japanese men.

“I will still demand $100,000 in compensation from them because I don’t have my husband to support our family any more and I want the court to punish them in accordance with the law,” she added.

In March, Brigadier General Phoeung Chendareth, provincial deputy police chief who led the investigation, said the two accused arrived in Thailand on March 12 and after staying there for four days, crossed the border into Poipet city on March 16 before heading to Siem Reap city.

He said on March 17, both of them searched for an SUV to steal and hired the victim for $30 to drive them to visit Angkor Wat and other tourist sites.

Brig Gen Chendareth said that about 5pm, they asked the taxi driver to take them to a market in Pouk district and asked him to stop at a quiet spot.

He noted that the men then grabbed Mr Chan and a scuffle ensued during which Mr Nakakuri allegedly slashed the victim on the throat and killed him.

Brig Gen Chendareth said both men then allegedly dumped the body on the road and drove off in the taxi.

He noted that the murder was witnessed by a passing motorist who alerted police.

Brig Gen Chendareth said that Mr Ishida drove the victim’s car toward Siem Reap city, but lost control of the vehicle after about 300 metres and hit a villager’s truck.

He added that police officers on motorbikes who went to investigate the murder saw the two men fleeing from the taxi on foot and caught them.

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