Phnom Penh police are looking to arrest a group of people over the murder of a 26-year-old man who was waiting along the riverside for his girlfriend to finish work.
Captain Ly Vireak, a penal police officer with the municipal criminal investigations department, said the murder took place yesterday at about 2am in the city’s Daun Penh district along the riverside.
Cap Vireak identified the victim as Kim Sanravuth, who lived in Russey Keo district.
He said that on the eve of the murder, the victim went to pick up his girlfriend from her waitressing job near the riverside. He sat on a bench near the bar as he usually did, he added.
The victim’s girlfriend was late finishing her shift when Mr Sanravuth was approached by seven people who attempted to rob him.
Refusing to give up his money, an argument between the victim and the suspects ensued.“During the argument, some of the suspects held the victim down as the others were beating him to death,” Cap Vireak said. “After they killed him, they threw his body into the river and fled.”
He noted that the crime was witnessed by several people who were afraid to intervene, fearing reprisal from the group.
After the suspects fled, the witnesses reported the crime to police.
Cap Vireak said police are still searching for the body.
Colonel Tey Visal, deputy chief of the municipal major crimes unit, said police are still identifying the suspects.