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Two Japanese men sentenced to 10 years in jail for murder of taxi driver

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Police escort the two accused Japanese nationals to Siem Reap provincial court in September. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Two Japanese nationals were found guilty today of killing a Cambodian taxi driver and stealing his vehicle in Siem Reap province’s Puok district in March and were sentenced to 10 and 13 years each in prison.

In March, Siem Reap provincial court charged Ishida Reimon and Nakakuki 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 Mr Chan in Puok district and drove off in his taxi. Police arrested them after the vehicle crashed shortly afterwards.

Yin Srang, Siem Reap provincial court spokesman, today said that Mr Nakakuki was sentenced to 13 years in prison while Mr Ishida was handed down with 10 years in jail over the killing of Mr Chan.

“The Siem Reap provincial court decided to order both men to pay 100 million riels [about $25,000] to the victim’s wife,” Mr Srang said.

Sok Chanroeun, Mr Chan’s wife, who came to listen to the verdict at the courtroom today, said that she was not satisfied with the compensation because $25,000 is still inadequate.

“I am not satisfied with the compensation because it is small,” Ms Chamroeun said. “It could not support my family’s living condition for a long time.”

Ms Chamroeun added that she is considering whether or not she will appeal.

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