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Siblings murdered at farm

Siblings murdered at farm

THREE siblings who worked at a potato farm in Oddar Meanchey province have been found murdered in Trapaing Prasat district, officials said yesterday.

The family – two brothers, aged 14 and 20, and their 18-year-old sister – were found by villagers in Pha’av commune on Saturday. They found the bodies after being alerted by a bad smell.

The girl, named as Sorn Lin, was found naked in a small farm hut whle her brothers were found nearby with their hands tied behind  their backs.

Srey Naren, a provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said that the sibilings had been hired to work at the potato farm earlier this year.

“According to a preliminary police investigation, it is believed that this crime involved revenge,” he said.

Adhoc has launched a separate investigation into the killings but as yet has no results.

Keo Tan, an investigating officer at Trapaing Prasat district police, told The Post yesterday that an investigation had been launched and it was thought that the siblings may have been beaten to death with sticks.

Revenge or rape were possible motivators for the crime, he said, though the woman’s body did not show any signs of a sexual assault.

“I did not know the exact cause of this, but it was such a cruel crime,” Keo Tan said yesterday.

The bodies of the siblings’ have already been cremated by local authorities and the remains have been returned to their family.

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