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Killers jailed over shooting spree

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two men jailed for life. Supplied

Two men were jailed for life on Friday for shooting a man dead and injuring two women during a robbery.

Um Sousdey, 35, and Chan Sovann, 25, had been charged with premeditated murder and unauthorised possession of a weapon.

The murder happened near Sovanna Mall in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district at about 2am on January 21.   

Mr Sousdey and Mr Sovann, along with another man still at large, chased on motorbikes two women in a Lexus car to steal their money and phones.

The women and a male driver had just left from a nightclub.

During the robbery, the robbers fired at the car many times, killing the man and injuring the women.

Mr Sousdey and Mr Sovann were arrested on January 26 in Phnom Penh.

After their arrests, police seized an M16 rifle, two pistols, bullets, and two motorbikes from them.

The police report said Mr Sousdey was an experienced thief who had stolen motorbikes four times in Phnom Penh.

He had been convicted in 2015 and sentenced to eight years in jail for theft with aggravating circumstances and unauthorised possession of a weapon. He escaped in August last year while at the Khmer-Soviet Hospital for treatment after pretending to be seriously ill .

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