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Freed drug convict accused of murder

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused wanted money to buy drugs. Supplied

A drug convict released from prison six days ago was yesterday arrested over the murder of his wife, who was found with her throat slashed in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

Veng Bunlim, Chom Chao II commune police officer, identified the suspect as drug convict Chan Chivi, 30, who is accused of slashing the throat of his wife, Keo Sreleak, 31, a garment worker.

Mr Bunlim said the murder took place at the victim’s rented room in Thmar Kol village, where her body was discovered in a pool of blood.

Police believe the suspect was upset at his wife because she would not lend him $5 to buy drugs and scolded him for not dropping his addiction.

“The suspect, who is a drug addict, was angry at his wife for denying him the money to buy drugs,” he said.

“He caught her, took a cleaver and slashed her throat, killing her quickly.

“Police and neighbours tried to enter the room to help the victim, but the suspect was still there.

“He then tried to attack a police officer with the cleaver before turning the cleaver on himself and cutting his own throat. Because police were there, he survived.”

Mr Bunlim said the suspect remained in hospital recovering from his injuries and was under the supervision of police.

The suspect will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning after he recovers from his injuries.

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