Tboung Khmum Provincial Court on Monday charged two men over the killing of a security guard at a rubber plantation in Tboung Khmum district.
Colonel Ly Sameth, provincial general crimes department deputy police chief, identified the accused as Ley Sne and Ly Mahong.
He said the murder took place on October 6 at about 8.30pm in Kor commune’s Prammuoy village.
Both men were employed at the rubber plantation and were smoking drugs when the victim approached them.
The victim, who was identified as Bin Mengsea, attempted to apprehend the accused and a physical altercation ensued.
Col Sameth said the accused held down the victim and slit his throat with a vegetable knife before fleeing.
“They were angry at the victim for finding out that they were smoking drugs. The victim had attempted to apprehend the accused in order to hand them over to police,” he said. “Instead, the accused beat the victim until he lost consciousness. While the victim was unconscious, the accused killed him by slitting his throat. The accused then fled the scene and quit working at the plantation.”
Col Sameth said the victim’s body was discovered by his wife who went looking for him after he did not return home.
The victim’s wife filed a police report and an investigation was conducted.
Col Sameth said police were able to identify the accused after discovering thumb and shoe prints at the crime scene.
The accused were arrested on Saturday and were sent to prison pending trial. Col Sameth said both were charged with premeditated murder and face life in prison if convicted.