Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Murdered man found in bag

Murdered man found in bag

Murdered man found in bag

120502_03b

The body of a wealthy construction store owner was found in a bag dumped on the side of the road on Monday in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district, local police reported yesterday.

{jathumbnail}

Provincial police chief Ath Ken told the Post yesterday that 53-year-old Chan Heang, the owner of a construction shop in Phnom Penh, was found dead on the side of National Road 5 in Svay commune in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district on Monday afternoon.

On Sunday, authorities had discovered his burned and abandoned Land Cruiser on the same road three kilometres away from the body.

“He was killed and put into the bag, and thrown into the forest nearby the road,” Ath Ken said. “His Land Cruiser car was also burned down by the killers.”

Chan Heang’s wife, Nhim Kunthea, said that her husband had left the house on Thursday with US$3,000 in cash and wearing jewellery valued at about $17,000.

He was headed for a wedding celebration on Diamond Island, but was not heard from since.

District police chief Khem Vibol said that he suspected robbery was the main motive.

The police chief also said he believed the crime was committed by two assailants who knew Chan Heang well, and that the Land Cruiser had been burned to destroy evidence.

“So far, we cannot identify the killers. We are still working and investigating,” Khem Vibol said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

    Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday credited liberating Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge as among the reasons why people will vote for his ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) in the July 29 national elections. Hun Sen, who has held the reins of power in Cambodia