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Man charged over murder of child

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The accused claims he did not intend to kill the child. Nokor Thom

Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged a man over the murder of a five- year-old girl who was strangled dead in the province’s Kampong Siem district on Monday.

Major Vong Samreth, deputy district police chief, identified the accused as Kim Sokros, 29, a farmer living in the district’s Koh Tontim commune.

He said that Mr Sokros was charged with intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Major Samreth identified the victim as Thou Socheath, an orphan who lived with her grandmother in the same village as the accused.

He said that at about 5pm on Monday, the victim went to play near the accused’s house and Mr Sokros told her to go somewhere else. Maj Samreth noted that the child ignored him.

He said the accused then slapped her on the face and the child started crying and cursed him.

“The accused became angry with the victim for cursing him,” Maj Samreth said. “He then caught her, beat her and strangled her until she died.”

“After killing her, he threw the body into a pond near his house and pretended that he did not know anything,” he added.

He said that Prak Un, 55, the grandmother of victim, went to look for her and notified police when she could not find her.

He added that the accused was later arrested after a villager notified authorities that she had seen him with the girl earlier.

After his arrest, the accused took police to the pond, where the victim’s body was discovered.

A provincial penal police officer said that during his interrogation at the provincial police station, the accused admitted to the crime.

“He confessed that he slapped her face and pressed her throat, but did not mean to kill her,” he said. “The reason why he beat her was because he was angry at her for cursing at him.”

The accused has been sent to prison pending trial.

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