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Convicted killer strikes again

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The accused was freed from prison just seven months ago after completing a term for murder. national police

Convicted killer strikes again

Krakor district military police on Monday sent an ex-convict to the Pursat Provincial Court for stabbing a fellow villager to death in Kbal Trach commune.

The suspect had just been released from prison after having completed his sentence for murder.

Krakor district military police commander Nov Socheat said the accused is 39 years old but did not identify him. He identified the victim as 25-year-old Chem Navin.

“I completed questioning the suspect. So we sent him to court,” he said.

Socheat said the accused was released from prison about seven months ago after finishing a jail term for stabbing a man to death in 2009.

On January 31, at about 10pm, the victim was riding a motorbike along a village road and encountered an obstacle in the form of a motorbike parked in the middle of the road.

The victim screamed: “Who parked this motorbike in the middle of the road?”

The suspect then shouted: “It is my motorbike. What is it to you?”

The victim then got off his motorcycle to take the suspect’s motorcycle and park it along the side of the road.

Seeing this, the suspect rushed out of a nearby villager’s home and stabbed the victim with a knife once, causing serious injuries.

Socheat said after the victim was stabbed, villagers took him to the Krakor District Referral Hospital. But due to serious chest injuries, the victim died soon after.

The suspect could not escape the scene of the crime because many witnesses detained him and called police, Socheat said.

“The suspect did not run away because there were many witnesses,” he noted.

He said after the incident, villagers reported it to military police officers. Socheat then led forces to the scene and examined the situation.

A knife was found as evidence of the crime. Villagers handed the suspect over to military police officers for further action.

After the autopsy where it was ascertained that Navin was stabbed once in the chest, causing his death, his body was released to his family for the last rites.

Socheat said the suspect confessed to killing the victim because he was angry at him for shouting about the motorbike being in the middle of the road.

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