News chief accused of murdering widow

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Murder suspect journalist Pat Chanvatha. Supplied

Police in Kampot province on Wednesday arrested a man accused of stabbing dead a mother of three in Kampong Chhnang province over a monetary dispute.

Kampot police chief Mao Chanmeakthurith identified the suspect as Pat Chanvatha, 30, the editor of the Chhaya Angkor Media Centre.

According to police, the suspect stabbed Tith Linda, a 42-year-old widow, on September 3 after she demanded he return money he had cheated her out of.

After stabbing her in the stomach, face and throat, the suspect put her body in a rice sack and tossed it into a rice field in Kampong Tralach district.

Hor Vuthy, provincial deputy police chief, said the suspect was now in custody and continuing to be questioned.

“Police are still working on this case and questioning him over the murder,” he said. “We will send him to court after completing the questioning.”

“He cheated the victim out of money and killed her when she demanded it back,” he added.

“After killing the victim, he fled to hide in Kampot province.”

Mr Vuthy said the suspect had been accused of premeditated murder and faced a life sentence if convicted.

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