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Thai man charged in hotel strangling

A THAI national has been charged in the strangling death of a 20-year-old Cambodian woman, court officials said Thursday.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged Bun Sry, 37, with voluntary manslaughter. The body of his alleged victim was found at the Ly Hour Guesthouse in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Saturday.

Bun Sry has thus far maintained his innocence, deputy court prosecutor Chea Meth said Thursday.

“I charged him with voluntarily manslaughter after questioning him for several hours,” Chea Meth said. “He has not yet confessed that he was involved in killing the woman.”

Investigators said they believe Bun Sry entered the country in April through the Poipet border crossing.

Police said that Bun Sry and the victim had stayed at the guesthouse Friday evening. It was the guesthouse’s owner who tipped police off about the woman’s death, investigators said.

Daun Penh district police Chief Yim Socheat previously told the Post that Bun Sry was having a relationship with the victim after meeting her in a massage club.

He had been working as an air-conditioner technician at Canadia Bank’s 32-storey tower on Monivong Boulevard before he was arrested near his workplace on Monday, court officials said.

If found guilty, Bun Sry faces 10 to 15 years in prison, Chea Meth said.

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