Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Suspects in Prey Veng mob killing flee

Suspects in Prey Veng mob killing flee

The body of Uong Tith, who was killed by a mob after an attempted rape in Prey Veng province on Tuesday, lies in a field. National Police
The body of Uong Tith, who was killed by a mob after an attempted rape in Prey Veng province on Tuesday, lies in a field. National Police

Suspects in Prey Veng mob killing flee

Five villagers in Prey Veng’s Mesang district are on the run after being called for questioning by police on suspicion of having participated in the killing of Uong Tith, 22, who was beaten to death by a mob on Tuesday after allegedly attempting to rape a 32-year-old woman.

Tith’s body was found with lacerations and head wounds in a rice paddy in Mesang district’s Chres commune after allegedly attempting to sexually abuse Sat Yoem, whose husband is working in Thailand.

Pov Chivy, provincial deputy police chief in charge of crime, yesterday said police had summonsed the men in order to find the perpetrators in what he called a “cruel murder”, but refused to specify the names.

“We identified five people,” he said. “The people were furious [at Tith], but they don’t understand the law.”

Yoem, mother of a 5-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son, yesterday told the Post she had been at home with her children at about 6pm when Tith, clad only in his underwear and a T-shirt, embraced her from behind.

An argument ensued in which Yoem tried to convince Tith to leave and, when he refused, screamed for help.

Her brother-in-law, Sor Kork, 33, arrived and attempted to throw Tith out of the house, only to be struck on the head, resulting in stitches.

Yoem estimated that about 100 villagers ultimately converged at the scene.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • Ministry to 'seek justice' for officials indicted in US for 'monkey smuggling'

    The Cambodian government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said they will make the “utmost effort” to seek justice for a Cambodian official arrested in John F Kennedy International Airport in New York for allegedly conspiring to smuggle crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,