Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mondulkiri man arrested for son’s brutal murder




Mondulkiri man arrested for son’s brutal murder

Mondulkiri man arrested for son’s brutal murder

The father of an 11-year-old boy, who was brutally murdered last month in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district, was detained for questioning by provincial police to assist in its investigations.

Deputy provincial police chief Sou Sovan told The Post on Tuesday that he ordered the father to be questioned on the murder of his son, Chouch Lien, who was killed in the middle of a rice field.

Sovan said the father Chel Chouch, 34, appears to have withheld information. He did not tell the police whom he met upon returning, which his neighbours did.

“We waited for him to talk, but he seemed to not want to talk. As for evidence found at the crime scene, we cannot confirm anything yet.

“This case is not revenge because the child was only 11 years old. And it cannot be said that [the boy] had revenge issues with others,” he said.

Sovan said the family was previously accused of practising sorcery and that police wanted Chouch to reveal more information about the murder.

“He knew [something], but he tried to hide it. We suspect that sorcery is behind the murder, but this is just our initial assessment.

“We invited him to share more information with us. He knew more, but he tried to withhold it from us. Still, so far we have not accused him of committing the murder,” Sovan said.

Koh Nhek district police chief Khlout Sokhea said police detained Chouch on Tuesday and asked him to provide additional statements. They then sent him to the provincial police station.

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.