Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trio deny involvement in murder of motodop

Trio deny involvement in murder of motodop

Trio deny involvement in murder of motodop

In a hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, three defendants denied having killed a motodop in a robbery in Chroy Changvar district last year, despite one having allegedly confessed to the crime during police interrogation – a confession he disowned in court.

Male defendants Ny Nith, 30, and Thoeun Ravy, 29, and female defendant Van Dareth, 30, were arrested in December 2015, more than a month after they were alleged to have robbed and killed motodop Loeung Thang Lim, 52, in late October. Judge Chuon Sorasey noted that each of the defendants had been involved in multiple robbery cases, some of which were already tried.

According to a police report taken from the questioning of Nith and read in court yesterday, Nith purportedly told officers that the trio had planned for Dareth to hail a motodop and bring him to the other two.

Ravy then attacked the man with a crescent wrench, the statement continued. When the victim tried to run, Nith and Ravy caught him, “and Theoun Ravy hit him with the adjustable crescent on the head until he died”, it said.

Nith, however, maintained yesterday that he had made a false confession “because police beat me”. Both Dareth and Ravy, meanwhile, strongly denied any involvement in the case, even as Ravy acknowledged involvement in several others.

“I have five cases [against me]; I was involved in the other four cases, but not in this one,” he said. A verdict is due on December 8.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to

  • App to connect farmers to millions

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has soft-launched a mobile app that connects farmers with potential buyers and gives them access to critical market information. The ministry’s Agriculture Marketing Office chief Meach Yady said the ‘CamAgriMarket’ app gives farmers a platform to showcase