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Supreme Court hears murder case plea

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The Supreme Court yesterday heard the appeal of a man who was convicted by Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend in Poipet city in 2013.

The murder took place at about 9.30pm on July 8, 2013 in Palelai I village in Poipet city’s Poipet commune.

Presiding Judge Kem Sothavy identified him as Noeng Lon, 35, a motorbike taxi driver from the commune. He is now incarcerated in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison.

The victim was identified as Soeun Sophany, 26, a karaoke outlet staff from the same commune. Ms Sophany was Mr Lon’s girlfriend at the time.

“When the victim was talking on the phone, Mr Lon took out a cleaver from the motorbike saddle, which he had placed earlier, and hacked her many times on the neck, causing her to die immediately on the spot,” she said.

“After killing her, he stole her rented Scoopy motorbike and sold it for $950 in Kampong Thom province,” she added. “After selling the stolen motorbike, he later hid in his home in Prey Veng province’s Svay Antor district.”

During yesterday’s hearing, Mr Lon admitted committing the offence.

“On that night, I was jealous and also angry with her for accepting to sleep with another man, and that she did not listen to my begging,” he told the court. “I then took a cleaver from the Scoopy motorbike’s saddle and hacked on her neck while she was talking with the man on the phone. But I did not intend to kill her.”

“I regret my mistake. I would like to ask the court to reduce my sentence from life in prison to 10 years,” he added.

A verdict is due on September 5.

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