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Two men arrested over security guard’s killing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two accused were trespassing. CEN

Phnom Penh police on Sunday arrested two men who allegedly slashed a security guard to death and threw his body into a canal on the outskirts of Por Senchey district.

Major Ly Sarith, a municipal police officer, identified the suspects as Ek Chin, 29, and Ek Long, 26, both jobless and living in a rental room in the district’s Kork Roka commune.

Maj Sarith said that at about 8pm on Saturday, the two suspects trespassed onto a construction site which the victim Huon Penh, 26, was guarding.

He noted that Mr Penh cursed them and ordered them to leave the site, making them angry.

“They were angry with the victim for badly cursing them and evicting them from the place he was guarding,” Maj Sarith said. “They killed him by slashing his throat.”

“After killing him, they wrapped the body with black plastic and took it on their motorbike to the canal. They then tied the body to a big rock and threw it into the canal before fleeing,” he noted.

Maj Sarith said the two men were identified from CCTV footage at the construction site and police arrested them at their rental room early on Sunday morning.

Colonel Bun Satya, criminal investigation department chief with the municipal police, said the two suspects are still being questioned as the investigation continues.

He said police have accused them of intentional murder, noting they face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Col Satya added that Mr Chin and Mr Long will be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.

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