A Chinese and a Cambodian man were jailed on Friday for between 30 years and life for kidnapping and murdering a restaurant owner.
Gao Keyan, a 40-year-old Chinese restaurant cook, received the life term for premeditated murder.
His Cambodian brother-in-law Mong Chamroeun, 21, got the 30-year term for being an accomplice to premeditated murder.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Kor Vandy said the pair were involved in the kidnapping of a 35-year-old Chinese owner of a restaurant in Preah Sihanouk province.
They murdered him after they failed to get a ransom from his family. They threw his body into the river at the Neak Loeung Bridge in Prey Veng province and fled.
According to the police report, on night of April 9 Mr Gao persuaded his boss Mr Luong Feng to dine and drink beer with him and Mr Chamroeun in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
After dinner and drinks, the accused brought the victim to stay at a guesthouse in Por Senchey district, where Mr Gao had been staying and preparing for the kidnapping.
When the victim entered the guesthouse room, the accused locked the door, grabbed him and tied him with wire.
After detaining him, they started to extort money by ordering him to phone his family.
Because they did not receive the ransom from the victim’s family as demanded, they killed the victim by strangling him with wire in their car on the night of April 10.
They then drove at night to throw his body in the river.
The pair then hid out in Preah Sihanouk province. They were arrested by Phnom Penh Municipal Police in collaboration with Preah Sihanouk provincial police on April 20.