Siem Reap provincial police on Tuesday arrested three construction workers who allegedly killed their supervisor over unpaid wages on Monday.
Colonel Duong Sokha, provincial general crimes department chief, identified the suspects as Pok Sophath, 25; Uy Oeun, 27; and Chhuoy Khmum, 22.
He noted that the three were working and staying at a construction site in Preah Sihanouk province.
Col Sokha said the victim Taing Bora, 36, was the suspects’ supervisor who also stayed at the construction site.
“They killed the victim in Preah Sihanouk province and fled to hide at their homes in Siem Reap province’s Prasath Bakong district,” he said. “They were arrested on Tuesday by our provincial police force in collaboration with Preah Sihanouk provincial police.”
Col Sokha said that Preah Sihanouk police took the suspects back to their province because the murder took place there.
Major Sok Ratana, a Preah Sihanouk provincial penal police officer, said that at about 10pm on Monday, the suspects became drunk at the construction site in Sihanoukville.
Maj Ratana said that after getting drunk, they went to see Mr Bora who was asleep in his room at the construction site.
He noted that the three men woke the victim up and told him to pay them money he had deducted from their wages over the past two months.
Maj Ratana said Mr Bora refused to pay them the money and told them that the company deducted the money for days they were absent from work.
“They became angry with the victim for refusing to pay them,” he said. “They then caught him and beat him to death.”
“After killing Mr Bora, they fled at about midnight,” Maj Ratana added.
He noted that other construction workers staying on the site saw them leaving and reported them to police after finding Mr Bora’s body.
Maj Ratana said police have accused the suspects of intentional murder and they face up to 15 years in jail each if convicted.
He noted that the three are still detained at the provincial police headquarters and will be sent to the provincial court today.