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Mother, daughter get jail terms for murder

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The mother and daughter were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years respectively for the murder. Kim Sarom

Mother, daughter get jail terms for murder

The Appeal Court on Monday upheld two Phnom Penh Municipal Court murder sentences of 11 years and 10 years respectively.

The accused women – mother and daughter Kong Thida, 47, and Ngov Somary, 20 – were convicted of murder last year but requested that the presiding judge reduce their sentences.

Judge In Vanvibol read the verdict on Monday and said the facts showed that the two had brutally killed the victim and called the lower court’s ruling fair.

Thida told The Post outside the courtroom on Monday that the court did not seem to have considered the request.

“I will file a grievance with the Supreme Court because the Appeal Court gives me one month to file it,” she said.

Court records showed the women killed Somary’s husband Kim Yort, 29, on May 24, last year. The incident started with an argument over a marriage registration and Yort’s refusal to give his wife 10,000 riel ($2.50).

The victim and his wife fought and he strangled her. That was when the mother slashed his neck with a knife. The mother and daughter then tied him up with wires and tape before the wife stabbed him two more times in the chest.

They then went to the Teuk Thla commune police station to confess.

Last December, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced them on charges of manslaughter under Article 199 of the Criminal Code and ordered them to pay the victim’s family 200 million riel.

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