Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Teen quizzed over death of 8-year-old

Teen quizzed over death of 8-year-old

Teen quizzed over death of 8-year-old

A 14-year-old boy was questioned in Kampot Provincial Court yesterday over the alleged murder of his eight-year-old neighbour, police said.

Officers found the girl’s body in a canal in Teuk Chhou district on Tuesday near the village where the children had lived.

Initially, it was thought that the girl had fallen in and drowned, said Nob Chanpheap, the deputy district police chief. But police suspected foul play when they found injuries on the girl’s neck and her gold earrings missing.

Police arrested the teen that evening.

Chanpheap alleged that the boy later told officers he had been ferrying the victim on the back of his bike on Tuesday morning when he decided to kill her near a quiet bridge.

“The suspect was questioned and sent to the provincial court for legal proceedings.”

Prosecutors are considering charging the teenager with premeditated murder, said Sao Sam Oeun, deputy chief of the provincial central justice office.

The charge will be decided by prosecuting judges, Sam Oeun said. He added that prosecutors are taking the case very seriously because of the young age of the suspect.

Premeditated murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment.

Neither the victim’s nor the suspect’s families could be reached for comment.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Lieng Sarith at [email protected]
 

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh