Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Machete murder man arrested in Thailand

Machete murder man arrested in Thailand

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodian man was arrested by Thai authorities after he killed a sugarcane worker in Sa Kaeo province. Supplied

Machete murder man arrested in Thailand

A Cambodian man is in pre-trial detention in Thailand after allegedly killing a fellow-Cambodian sugarcane plantation worker with a machete in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province on Saturday, a Cambodian-Thai border communication police chief said on Tuesday.

Chhun Lorn, the head of the border checkpoint at Phnom Dey in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district, told The Post that a Cambodian worker was being temporarily detained by Sa Kaeo provincial court in Thailand after Sa Kaeo and Prachinburi provincial police arrested him following the incident in Vang Yin commune.

Lorn said a report from the Thai side named the suspect, who was delivered to the Sa Kaeo court on Monday, as Chan, 29, from Santepheap village in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district. He had started work on December 21 having crossed the border at Phnom Dey.

The victim, Hou Sam, 23, was also from Battambang province.

Lorn said the report alleged that the suspect attacked Sam with a machete while the victim was drinking coffee in front of the workers’ office, slashing his neck and killing him almost immediately.

Chan then allegedly fled to another province, but police from Sa Kaeo and Prachinburi provinces arrested him. He was interrogated in Sa Kaeo province.

Quoting from the report, Lorn said: “[Chan] was angry with the victim for always discrediting him in front of a woman he loved. In addition, the victim also wooed and began dating the woman himself.”

Lorn said that after interrogation, the suspect was sent to Sa Kaeo province where the court detained him on a charge of “premeditated murder”.

He said Thai authorities are preparing documents to allow the victim’s body to be returned to his family.


  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from