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Man commits suicide in custody, police say

A man suspected of robbery hanged himself while in custody at the Kampong Cham Provincial Police Station on Friday, a senior official said.

Yav Yung, 38, and his alleged accomplice, Mom Sitha, 45, were arrested the day before in Prey Chhor district in connection to a robbery on the street that police say was carried out by men wearing military uniforms.

Provincial police chief Pen Roth said the court decided to release Sitha on bail on Friday after he was deemed uninvolved, but Yung remained in custody awaiting charges. At around 8pm that night, Yung’s body was discovered in the detention room. The official who was in charge of guarding the room was watching television.

“The suspect hanged himself by using the torn trousers in the temporary detention room of Kampong Cham Provincial Police Station,” Roth said.

He added that after an autopsy was conducted, authorities gave the corpse to the family. Contact information for the family was not available.

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