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Suspect arrested in Phnom Penh guesthouse murder

Suspect arrested in Phnom Penh guesthouse murder

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in connection to the murder of his Prey Veng girlfriend, who was found strangled in a Phnom Penh guesthouse last Monday, police said.

Chan Sopheak was arrested in Sen Sok’s Toek Thla commune, Colonel Ieng Sorphea, director of the Phnom Penh municipal crime office, said yesterday, adding that the suspect is expected to be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.

The victim was identified as 22-year-old KTV worker Ang Vana, according to Kan Vanak, police chief of Srah Chak commune.

Sopheak was unemployed and didn’t have a permanent residence, Colonel Sorphea said. He allegedly killed the victim out of jealousy as he believed she had other boyfriends.

“The suspect admitted everything, and we collected evidence – a mobile phone, bracelet and a necklace belonging to the victim,” he said. “The suspect was furious with the victim, [and] when he killed the victim, he took the victim’s belongings.”

According to Sorphea, Vana’s body was found by a cleaner at the Oh Yes guesthouse at about 11:30am last Monday.

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