Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Murder charge laid in Sihanoukville axe attack

Loi Sopheak, who has been charged with murder over an alleged axe attack on a family of seven, is escorted by police in Sihanoukville. Photo supplied
Loi Sopheak, who has been charged with murder over an alleged axe attack on a family of seven, is escorted by police in Sihanoukville on Thursday. Photo supplied

Murder charge laid in Sihanoukville axe attack

The 26-year-old man suspected of a brutal axe attack on a family of seven in Sihanoukville was charged by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Saturday following a nine-day manhunt which culminated in his arrest on Thursday.

Investigative judge Kem Eng charged Loi Sopheak, who had previously served a five-year sentence for robbery, with premeditated murder and repeat felony offences under articles 200 and 85 of the Penal Code, and ordered Sopheak be held at the provincial prison. According to the Penal Code, Sopheak will face a life sentence if convicted.

Provincial deputy police chief Kol Phaly yesterday said that following interrogation on Saturday morning Sopheak confessed to the attack, which left two dead, and confirmed that the crime was spurred by a dispute over a chicken.

“The suspect said that he was confused about eating the chicken of the victims’ family, and then the woman, she always insulted the suspect, so it made him angry,” Phaly said, referring to the Um Phanna, 32, who was murdered along with her child in the nighttime attack.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc