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Child killer jailed for 27 years

Child killer jailed for 27 years

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Nil Saran, a computer teacher who was convicted of murdering a student, enters Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Photograph: Meng Kimlong/Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced Nil Saran, a former computer teacher, to 27 years in prison and ordered him to pay US$20,000 in compensation for the murder of a 10-year-old student he kidnapped for ransom.

“If the victim and the accused are not satisfied with the verdict, they can appeal,” said presiding judge Chaing Sinath.

During the trial earlier this month, Saran, 19, also known as Chhouy, confessed to killing 10-year-old student Kong Rasy Satya last February after leading the boy to Chumpos Ka-Ek pagoda in Prek Thmey commune, planning to kidnap him for ransom. However, after the boy began making noise, he killed him.

“I slapped him, and took a stone to hit the victim on the back of the head, and threw him into the pond,” Saran testified, maintaining that his girlfriend, at first considered a suspect, had no hand in the killing.

“The murdering was committed by me alone; no one [else] was involved with the act,” he said.

Kong Rasy, 42, the boy’s father and a security guard at the US Embassy, testified during the trial that on the day of the incident, Saran had called demanding $150,000 in ransom, threatening to cut his son “little by little” if he didn’t get the money.

According to him, Saran finally accepted a ransom of $3,500, telling him to bring the money to Butum Botey pagoda at 8pm.

“I waited until 1am, but I didn’t see my son, and even the money was lost,” Rasy testified.

Rasy Satya’s body was found stuffed into the hole of a stupa at Chumpos Ka-Ek.

“I want the court to sentence the suspect to a life sentence,” Rasy said. He had also demanded $50,000 in compensation.

Nil Saran declined to comment on the outcome of his case.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lieng Sarith at [email protected]

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