Man Gets Life for Murdering Girlfriend

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Hong Kalydin being led into court. Supplied

The long-delayed trial of 30-year-old Hong Kalydin finished yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, with the former police recruit found guilty of murdering his girlfriend in 2014.
 
The body of 20-year-old Song Davin, a first-year student at the Vanda Institute of Accounting, was discovered floating face-down in the Tonle Sap River in 2014 and Mr. Kalydin was arrested a week later.
 
Noting that the defendant had denied murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body in the river, presiding judge Veng Huoth said this had not been proven in court.
 
“Based on the hearings, although the accused has stated that he did not kill the victim, he did not have any proof to show the court,” Mr. Huoth told the courtroom.
 
“The court has found that he is guilty. Therefore the court has decided to sentence him to life in prison and orders him to pay a total of 20 million riel [about $5,000] in compensation to victim’s family,” he said.
 
He added that Mr. Kalydin was charged with “murder by torture, cruelty or rape” under article 205 of the Penal Code.
 
Major General Leok Vannak, deputy head of penal police department at the Ministry of Interior, said his men had arrested Mr. Kalydin based on the complaint of the victim’s parents. While at his house, they seized two handguns, a package of crystal methamphetamine, drug-related paraphernalia and confiscated an SUV.
 
According to the police report, in the early morning of October 3, 2014, Mr. Kalydin drove the SUV to collect Ms. Davin from her rented room in Chamkarmon district before taking her to his house, where they stayed for three days.
 
On the evening of October 5, Mr. Kalydin drove her to the Pencil supermarket in Daun Penh district before driving home. This was the last time she was seen alive and her body was discovered two days later.
 
During the trial in June, Mr. Kalydin denied having killed his girlfriend.
 
“She was my girlfriend. We used to have sex and smoke drugs together. So there’s no reason that I would have killed her,” he said.
 
“I did not kill her or was involved with the murder. I am only the victim of accusations in this case.”
 
After the verdict yesterday, he declined to comment, but his defense lawyer said he would appeal.
 
“I think that the court’s decision was an injustice for my client because he did not kill the victim as accused,” Puth Dimong said outside of the courtroom.
 
Sy Tuy, Ms. Davin’s mother, also said she would appeal the verdict. Having demanded $100,000 in compensation in the trial, she was disappointed with the $5,000 the court decided.
 
“I can accept the accused’s punishment, but I do not agree with the compensation amount because it is very little and not fitting with my damages, the life of my daughter, who had been killed by the accused,” she said yesterday.

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