Police in Takeo province, on the lookout for a man suspected of killing a restaurant waitress in Donkeo town’s Roka commune early on Monday, arrested a 25-year-old the following day and sent him to provincial court on Wednesday.
Sem Socheat, the chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, on Wednesday said a 25-year-old man was apprehended in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon town.
He is suspected of killing the 21-year-old waitress at a Donkeo town guesthouse before fleeing to neighbouring Kampong Speu province.
The suspect and the victim rented a room at Pa Y Mak Y guest house in the early hours of Monday.
Later in the morning, the woman was found dead on a bed at the guesthouse several hours after the man had left the premises saying he was going to buy porridge for breakfast. He never returned.
Following his arrest, the suspect was sent from Kampong Speu to Takeo province where after interrogation, police escorted him to the provincial court on Wednesday.
“We suspect that after killing the woman, he escaped and hid in Chbar Mon town. As for details of the motive for the murder, I cannot tell you because that is the work of the prosecutor. I am merely a policeman who arrested the suspect,” Socheat said.
An expert official, who asked not to be named, said the suspect confessed that the woman had agreed to spend the night with him for $20.
He said that a few minutes after arriving at the guesthouse, the victim went to the bathroom and then made an attempt to leave the room.
The suspect stopped her, the official said, whereupon she threatened to commit suicide if he did not allow her to leave.
“The suspect held her by the chin and put his elbow on her throat. When her body turned colder and colder, and she was unable to breathe, he became afraid that he had killed her and left the room,” the official said.
Donkeo police chief In Mondul had told The Post on Tuesday that the guesthouse owner had been questioned.
Based on the owner’s account, Mondul said that later in the morning a housekeeper found the victim lying naked in bed in the room and immediately reported the matter to the authorities.
An expert officer who also wished to be anonymous said the victim wore a small necklace, but it was not stolen, so the police ruled out robbery and concluded that the woman was murdered.