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Elder monk accused of killing 68-year-old nun

A 68-YEAR-OLD monk in Banteay Meanchey province bludgeoned a nun to death with a piece of firewood on Sunday after he caught her allowing pigs to eat from his rice plate, officials said Monday.

Or Borin, provincial military police deputy chief, said the monk, Pov Ron, had confessed to the killing and blamed an uncontrollable anger.

“The pair had been feuding over little things for a long time, and the most recent incident happened when he saw the nun letting pigs use the plate he always used for eating rice,” he said.

Or Borin said he was defrocked before being taken to the police station for interrogation. The victim was identified as Kheuv Lav, also 68.

The killing came two days after two monks allegedly beat to death a fourth-year medical student in the capital’s Meanchey district after he chastised them for drinking palm wine.

Chhith Sophay, the deputy chief monk in Meanchey district, expressed alarm at the most recent killing, as well as the potential damage such violence could cause to the Buddhist faith.

“There have been a lot of bad cases of killings recently,” he said. “This bad behaviour will severely impact traditional Buddhism.”

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