A Phnom Penh Municipal Police officer was yesterday charged with intentional murder over the shooting death of a market security officer in Stung Meanchey district.
The killing took place on Saturday night at a restaurant in Stung Meanchey commune.
Long Sophal, a police officer with the municipal major crimes unit, identified the accused as Captain San Borey, 38, a police officer with the municipal minor crimes unit.
“He was charged this afternoon by the court’s prosecutor with intentional murder,” he said. “According to his charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.”
Capt Borey was arrested the same evening after firing three rounds at Chey Bunthan, 50, a security officer in Stung Meanchey Market over a dispute about drinking and singing karaoke songs at the restaurant.
Lay Bun, a police officer in Stung Meanchey commune, said witnesses told them that before the murder, Capt Borey and the security guard went to drink beer and sing karaoke at the restaurant.
He said that two parties sitting at different tables drank beer and sang karaoke songs from 3pm into the evening.
He said that Capt Borey and Mr Bunthan got into an argument after the victim criticised the suspect’s singing.
Capt Borey got angry. He ran to fetch his pistol from his nearby home and went back to the restaurant.
“When the victim, who was drunk, saw Capt Borey holding the gun and walking toward his table, he thought the suspect wanted to kill him,” Mr Bun said. “He ran to seize gun from him.
“The suspect, who also was drunk, thought the victim was coming to beat him. He fired three bullets into the victim’s chest and head, killing him immediately. Capt Borey fled but police soon arrested him.”