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Man charged over murder of Korean language teacher

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Hy Theavin
Murder victim Hy Theavin. CEN

Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged a man suspected of murdering a female teacher and attacking another man in a primary school in Stung Trang district’s Prek Kak commune on May 20.

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A Stung Trang district police report identified the victims as Hy Theavin, a 24-year-old teacher who taught Korean, and Mao Sokminh, 21.

The report noted that the murder occurred between 10pm and 11pm in a primary school in Prek Kak commune on the evening on May 20.

Court prosecutor Huot Vuthy said that police had arrested a suspect related to the case and sent him to court on Sunday.

“The court has charged him already and we sent him to the investigating judge for questioning,” Mr Vuthy said.

According to Leng Senghan, a monitor with rights group Adhoc in Kampong Cham province, the suspect is 19-year-old Seng Piseth.

“The court charged him with murder and he is currently detained at the provincial prison pending trial,” Mr Senghan said.

Authorities would not comment on the suspect’s identity yesterday.

Brigadier General Heng Vuthy, deputy provincial police chief, confirmed that a police investigation had led to the arrest of one suspect.

Mao Sokminh was injured during the attack. CEN

“We sent him to the provincial court on Sunday,” Brig Gen Vuthy said, without identifying the suspect. He declined to comment further on the case, saying that police are still looking for another suspect.

Colonel Pak Cheat, Stung Trang district police chief, said the police traced the case through one of the victims who was attacked.

He added that the victim was admitted to the district hospital but the victim’s family has now moved him to a hospital in Vietnam due to serious injuries.

Eath Kimleang, Prek Kak commune chief, said police narrowed down the suspect based on the background that tied him to the victims, including the fact that he had gone for a walk with Ms Sokhminh before the incident.

“A man has been sent to the provincial court. He was a student of the teacher who was killed,” Mr Kimleang said.

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