A 30-year-old drug addict was arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday night for killing a 13-year-old schoolboy by strangling him and forcing his head under water in a pond.
The murder took place on Monday afternoon in a rice field in Dangkor district’s Prey Sar commune.
District police officer Veng Sokhom identified the suspect as Var Ratha, 30.
The victim was Lon Dul, 13, a student at Wath Har Middle School.
Police said the victim was on his way to care for his mother’s cows on the day of the attack.
He was riding his bicycle to the rice field where the animals were tied up when he came across Mr Ratha smoking drugs.
Mr Sokhom said the suspect was afraid the victim would inform neighbours or the police of his activities, so he beat the victim, strangled him and held his head under water in a pond.
Mr Ratha fled and hid at his house in the village after killing the boy, whose dead body was later found by locals and reported to police.
The suspect was arrested by police that evening.
Chim Sitha, chief of Dangkor district police, said the suspect confessed to the killing and to being a drug addict.
“He said he killed the victim because he was angry at him for firing a slingshot at him,” he said.
However Vann Lao, the mother of victim, said her son had never owned a slingshot.
Mr Sitha said the suspect was preliminarily accused of murder and faces from 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.
He will appear in municipal court today.