Khemarak Phumin town resident Chea Mom, 43, was yesterday handed down a rare life sentence by the Koh Kong provincial court for murdering her neighbour Meng Sai, 53, with an axe over about 400 grams of gold.
Sai’s daughter, Pan Naysim, was originally arrested after Mom accused her of committing the crime in June 2015. However, no evidence was found to support her claim.
Judge Ang Chenda also demanded that Mom pay 20 million riel, about $5,000, to the victim’s family.
Sai’s family had contacted human rights group Adhoc for help in clearing Naysim’s name.
“The victim’s family came to Adhoc to intervene after the victim’s daughter was accused of killing her mother. Now the court found justice for the family,” said the rights group’s provincial coordinator, Nheab Sam Oeun.