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Court upholds murder conviction

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the judgement against a former masseuse and her 30-year sentence over the murder of her 58-year-old boyfriend whom she stabbed 18 times with a vegetable knife at a guesthouse in Kandal province last year.

The murder took place at about 7pm on January 21 last year at the Samnang Nash Guesthouse in Ang Snul district’s Bek Chan commune.

Presiding Judge Chan Daravan identified the woman as Pheng Nan, 33, who lived at a rental house in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district. She was convicted of premeditated murder.

Judge Daravan said that on July 25 last year, Ms Nan was convicted by the Kandal Provincial Court and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The court also ordered her to pay about $10,000 to the family of the victim Nuon Sopheap, a local journalist and the owner of a massage shop in Por Senchey district where she had worked.

He noted that Ms Nan did not agree with the sentence and appealed for a lower jail term.

“During the trial, she confessed that she killed the victim, who was her boss, in order to steal from him and support her husband who was jailed for drug trafficking,” Judge Daravan said. “In order to kill him, she lured him to have sex with her at the guesthouse.”

“After they had sex and when the victim was sleeping, she took a vegetable knife and stabbed him 18 times and fled with his belongings after he died,” he added.

Judge Daravan noted that Ms Nan could have been sentenced to life in prison but the Kandal court only sentenced her to 30 years.

“Based on the hearing and accused’s confessions, the Appeal Court finds that the Kandal Provincial Court’s judgment, dated July 25, 2018, was right and was made in accordance with Cambodian laws,” he said. “Therefore, the Appeal Court has decided to uphold the judgment and her sentence.”

Judge Daravan informed Ms Nan that she could still appeal to the Supreme Court if she was not satisfied with the Appeal Court’s ruling.

Ms Nan declined to comment on the ruling yesterday.

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