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Man arrested over year-old murder

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The suspect with police. DAP News

Police in Battambang province said one of two suspects wanted for the murder of a motorcycle taxi driver last year was arrested yesterday in Kamrieng district.

Major Bun Song, Kamrieng district deputy police chief, identified the suspect as Kun Vireak, a 29-year-old construction worker accused of killing the victim in Ta Sen commune last year with an accomplice who is still at large.

Maj Song said Mr Vireak and his accomplice killed Duong Da, a 31-year-old motorbike taxi driver who was found dead in a pool of blood.

After one year on the run, Mr Vireak was arrested on Saturday at his parents’ home, he noted.

Maj Song said the suspect confessed during his police interrogation, claiming that he robbed but did not kill the victim.

The suspect said that on the night of the murder, he and the accomplice hired the victim to transport both of them to a quiet place, Maj Song said.

Maj Song added that upon reaching their destination, the suspects proceeded to beat the victim unconscious.

“After the suspects caught the victim, they beat him until he lost consciousness. One of them then slit the victim’s throat with a vegetable knife,” he said. “After killing the victim, both suspects took the victim’s phone and wallet, and fled on the victim’s bike.”

Major General Chet Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, said yesterday that Mr Vireak has been charged with premeditated murder and faces a life sentence if convicted.

Maj Gen Vanny added that the other suspect, identified only as “Ty”, was also charged with premeditated murder in absentia. He said that Mr Vireak has been sent to jail pending a trial.

“Police are now seeking to arrest the other suspect, who remains at large, in order to bring him to justice,” he said.

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