Siem Reap police plan to charge a man at the provincial court on Wednesday for the August 5 killing his drinking partner in Thnorl Chek village, in Sonikum district’s Kien Sangke commune.
Provincial police crime office chief Duong Sivutha said yesterday that the suspect Uch Channa, 24, killed disabled Chhit Khvan, 56, after a drinking bout at the victim’s house. Both men are unemployed.
According to police investigations, after consuming alcohol, the victim went to bed on the ground floor of his house, while the suspect returned home.
It is believed both men did not have any argument at that time.
Sonikum district police chief Nub Sarak said, however, that on the same day, Channa snuck into Khvan’s house and slit his throat with a cleaver.
After hearing some noise on the ground floor, Khvan’s family members rushed to the scene and found the victim bleeding profusely. Khvan died from his injuries before he could be rushed to the hospital, Sarak said.
After committing the murder, the suspect abandoned the cleaver at the scene before making his way to his uncle’s house in Ochrov district.
Sarak said police are still unable to pinpoint a motive for the murder but suspect it could be an act of revenge. He did not elaborate further.