Girlfriend killer gets 30 years

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The convicted killer Yen Sophanha covers his face outside court. Supplied

A 21-year-old man was jailed on Friday for 30 years for strangling his girlfriend to steal her motorbike before tying her body in blankets and dumping her body at a rubbish site last year.

A second man, aged 32, was jailed for buying the stolen motorbike.

A police report said that on November 15 last year drug user Yen Sophanha phoned his girlfriend to borrow $30 to buy drugs.

He asked Keo, 18, who worked at the 55 Entertainment Club in Chaktomok Commune, to meet him at a quiet place in Tuol Kork district.

Ms Kantha drove her motorbike to meet him. He tried to take the motorbike to pawn it, but she refused to let him.

“They got into an argument,” Phnom Penh Municipal Court presiding judge Im Vannak said. “The accused then strangled her.”

He said that after killing the victim, Mr Sophanha wrapped her body in a blanket and took her body to a rubbish site on a nearby street in Penh Thmey commune.

Mr Sophanha stole her phone, money, jewellery and a Scoopy motorbike which he drove to pawn at a motorbike shop in Kandal province.

Ms Kanha’s body was found by rubbish collectors the next morning. They reported it to police.

Mr Sophanha was convicted of intentional murder and drug use.

Motorbike shop owner Hy Sopheak, of Kandal province’s Takhao town, was jailed for two and a half years for receiving stolen goods.

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