Bavet town police sent a Vietnamese man to the Svay Rieng provincial police headquarters on Tuesday for stabbing a female compatriot to death at a casino.
The man became enraged after his friend repeatedly asked for money on the gambling floor of the Crown Casino in Bavet town’s Bavet commune on Monday, police said.
Kao Horn, Bavet town deputy police chief, said on Tuesday that a 29-year-old man arrested over the incident had admitted to killing the 44-year-old woman.
“Bavet town police have sent a foreign national to the Svay Rieng provincial police headquarters to proceed with the investigation,” Horn said.
Bavet commune police chief Mao Phin Phirum, citing what the suspect had told police during questioning, said on Tuesday that the two people involved in the incident lived in Vietnam and had crossed the border to gamble.
The victim asked for money while the man was gambling, but he refused to give her any. After several requests, he became angry with her and they left the casino, Phin Phirum said.
As they walked through the doorway, the suspect pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed the woman once in the chin and once in the left side of her chest, killing her instantly.
Casino security guards held the suspect and reported the incident to Bavet commune police who arrested him immediately.
Neither Svay Rieng provincial police chief Koeng Khorn nor Thong Vannak, the deputy police chief in charge of immigration, could be reached for comment on Tuesday.