Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged a 21-year-old gang member who strangled his leader dead on Sunday over an affair with his girlfriend.
Brigadier General Sith Lah, deputy provincial police chief, identified the accused as Meas Kihong, a gangster and drug user living in Serey Sorphoan city’s Kampong Svay commune.
He noted that the accused is charged with premeditated murder and faces life in jail if convicted.
Brig Gen Lah identified the victim as Chung Ung, 31, a drug gang leader living in the city’s Preah Ponlea commune.
He said the accused was arrested on Tuesday and confessed to strangling Mr Ung.
Brig Gen Lah said that during his interrogation, Mr Kihong told police that he and the victim often sold drugs to users in the city.
Two weeks before the murder, the accused and Mr Ung sold drugs in the city but the victim, who was the gang leader, did not give him his share of the sales, Brig Gen Lah said.
Brig Gen Lah said that Mr Kihong also said he suspected that the victim was having an affair with his 22-year-old girlfriend.
He said that at about 11pm on Sunday, the victim rode a motorbike with the accused to buy drugs for their own use in the city.
Brig Gen Lah noted that after buying two small packages of crystal meth, they rode back toward the victim’s rental house in the commune’s Preah Ponlea village to smoke the drugs.
“While the victim was riding along a narrow path near a pond, the accused pushed him from behind and the victim fell and became unconscious,” he said. “While Mr Ung was unconscious the accused strangled him.”
“After killing the victim, the accused took the drugs from him and fled on the motorbike,” he added.
Brig Gen Lah noted that villagers found Mr Ung’s body the next morning and alerted police.
He said that the accused later pawned the victim’s motorbike and police arrested him on Tuesday after locating the machine in the pawnshop.
Brig Gen Lah noted that Mr Kihong is now in prison pending trial.