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Three foreigners arrested for separate murders in Sihanoukville

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Zhou Ya Yun is sent to court after allegedly killing his compatriot and dismembering the body into three pieces on September 30. POLICE

Three foreigners arrested for separate murders in Sihanoukville

Two Chinese nationals were arrested on Sunday for allegedly shooting their compatriot to death in Sihanoukville, while another was placed in pre-trial detention by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court for an unrelated murder of a Chinese man in Sihanoukville’s Commune IV.

Suth Sam Un, the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau chief, said the two Chinese nationals – one of them woman – were suspected of shooting their victim in a car and dropping his body off on a road in Sihanoukville’s Commune II.

He said that after inspecting the crime scene and examining the body, police determined the suspects’ identity and arrested them just hours after the murder.

After disposing of the body, he said the suspects fled the scene and abandoned the car near a pagoda in Commune III. He declined to provide further details as the case had been referred to the minor crimes bureau.

Minor crimes bureau chief Hy Sokly told The Post on Sunday the two had not confessed to the murder and were still being detained for questioning.

“I’m still talking to them, trying to find the motive behind the fatal shooting,” he said.

In a separate case in Commune IV, Sam Un told The Post on Sunday that 29-year-old Zhou Ya Yun had been sent to court after allegedly killing his compatriot and dismembering the body into three pieces on September 30.

“He has been charged with aggravated theft and premeditated manslaughter under Article 200 of the Criminal Code,” he said.

Provincial court spokesperson Yim Bunnareth confirmed on Sunday that Zhou had been charged by the prosecutor.

“The suspect committed such a heinous crime, so he must be detained,” he said, adding that Zhou faced life imprisonment if found guilty.

A police report said the remains of Wu Cheng Hui were discovered by villagers on October 1.

After inspecting the crime scene and gathering evidence, police determined the suspect’s identity and arrested him near his currency exchange shop in Commune IV. The report said Cheng Hui’s remains were placed in different locations.

The first piece, from head to waist, was dropped on a plot of land in Commune IV’s Village 6. The second, from waist to knee, was placed on a plot in Commune IV’s Village 5. The third, from knee to feet, was thrown into a forest in Commune III’s Village 1.

Zhou confessed to the crime during questioning. He said before the murder, Cheng Hui had contacted him and asked to exchange his Chinese yuan to US dollars totalling $70,000.

When the victim went to the shop on September 30, Ya Yun took the money and stabbed him to death. He then dismembered the body and wrapped the remains in a blanket and his shirt before transporting the body away in a hired Lexus SUV in the early hours of October 1.


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