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Man arrested over gruesome murder

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Police arrest a former drug convict accused of killing his uncle yesterday. Supplied

A drug convict recently freed was yesterday arrested for the grisly murder of his uncle, whom he allegedly stabbed before slashing his throat, carving out his eyes and dismembering him.

Phnom Penh military police officer Ly Socheath identified the suspect as Hay Samnang, 25, who stands accused of killing his uncle Seth Nak, 34, yesterday morning.

Mr Socheath said the two men had been drinking beer together yesterday before getting into a verbal argument, according to witnesses.

Mr Nak then began to hit his nephew over the head, Mr Socheath said.

“The suspect, who was drunk, was angry at the victim for beating his head, so he then took a sharp knife and stabbed him many times in the stomach and his chest, causing serious injuries and a loss of consciousness,” Mr Socheath said.

“After that, he cut the victim’s throat, carved out both his eyes, and cut off his penis, leaving him to die in a bloody pool.”

Mr Socheath said the attack occurred yesterday before noon and that the suspect did not flee the scene after the killing.

Instead, he just hid in his Chbar Ampov II commune rental room, where police found and arrested him in the afternoon, seizing the knife as evidence.

Mr Socheath noted that the suspect was released in June after a two-year jail term on drug charges.

The suspect and the victim, both unemployed Cambodian-Vietnamese nationals, were living in the rental room together, Mr Socheath added.

Mr Socheath said the suspect remains detained at the Phnom Penh Military Police headquarters for further questioning.

Mr Socheath said the suspect is expected to make his first court appearance today.

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