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Artist again denies guilt in stabbing death

The trial of an artist accused of stabbing to death the owner of an internet cafe in Phnom Penh continued yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Dang Sopheak, who appeared in court in August, once more denied murdering 24-year-old Lim Chhunkim, though the victim’s family again testified the suspect was the last customer at the Sen Sok district shop on September 29, 2014.

According to police, Chhunkim was found in the bathroom with 10 stab wounds to her abdomen and her throat slashed at about 9:30pm.

Captain Sok Sophal, chief of Teuk Thla commune police, alleged Sopheak, a 22-year-old artist who often frequented the cafe to play computer games, was the culprit.

“He has stabbed the victim and cut her throat in order to rob her money,” he said.

According to witness Kong Hy, 34, Chhunkim identified Sopheak as her attacker before dying at hospital.

The victim’s father, Lim Chea Tong, 70, described his only daughter as “lovely”, and called for Sopheak to receive a life sentence and pay $200,000 in compensation.

A verdict is due on Monday.

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