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Two Japanese men tried over murder of Khmer taxi driver

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Police escorted the two suspects for trial today. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Siem Reap city, Siem Reap province – Siem Reap Provincial Court today tried two Japanese nationals accused of killing a taxi driver and stealing his vehicle in Puok district.

In March, the court charged Ishida Reimon and Nakakuri Ryuji, both 24, with premeditated murder over the killing of Hoem Chan, 41, while they robbed him of his taxi.

On March 17, provincial police arrested them shortly after they used a knife to kill the victim in Pouk district and drove off in his taxi. Police arrested them after the vehicle crashed shortly afterwards.

Mr Nakakuri told the court today that he killed the victim while trying to steal the taxi.

“I did it because I wanted that car for my own use,” he told the court. “I did not intend to kill him but I accidentally used excessive force.”

Mr Nakakuri said that Mr Ishida was not involved in the killing.

He noted that he owed someone some money in Japan and came to Cambodia find work to repay the debt.

Mr Nakakuri said that while they were in Pouk district, both he and Mr Ishida asked Mr Chan to stop the SUV because they wanted to go to the toilet.

“I then took out a knife from my bag, pointed it at the victim’s neck and told him to hand over the taxi,” he told the court.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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