Dangkor district police yesterday arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing a village security guard following an argument in Dangkor commune on Tuesday.
Commune deputy police chief Captain Huy Seng identified the suspect as Thach Sour, 46, a property broker living in the commune’s Khla village.
He noted that district police arrested Mr Sour in his house in the village at about 11am yesterday.
Cap Seng said that during his interrogation, the suspect confessed to killing Keth Sitha, 52, during an argument while they were drinking beer with two other friends in the victim’s house in Ta Ley village.
He noted that Mr Sour and Mr Sitha had got into an argument over commission from a land sale in the commune.
Cap Seng said that the victim had accused the suspect of failing to pay him the commission for finding a buyer.
He noted that during the argument, Mr Sitha hit Mr Sour, who then grabbed a vegetable knife to defend himself.
“During his interrogation at the district police station the suspect admitted committing the offence, saying that he stabbed the victim three times because Mr Sitha hit him first,” Cap Seng said. “He said that he was trying to defend himself and did not intend to kill Mr Sitha.”
District police chief Colonel Chim Sitha confirmed the arrest and said Mr Sour is detained at the municipal criminal investigation department for questioning.
“He is accused by police of intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted,” he said.
Col Sitha noted that the suspect will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.