Stabbing of MFI Officer Premeditated, Police Conclude

A man is facing charges of premeditated murder for allegedly slitting the throat of a microfinance officer he was trying to rob after luring the victim to his house in Kampot province, police said on Wednesday.

Bros Vit, 48, asked Amret Microfinance collection officer Chiv Borin to come to his house in Chhuk district’s Trameng commune on Tuesday to help him set up a savings account but greeted him with a chokehold and a sword to the neck while demanding 200,000 riel (about $50), according to Kong Sakhorn, chief of the provincial serious crimes bureau.

“The victim said, ‘I don’t have money,’ and…bit his right hand and hurt him, and then [Mr. Vit] shouted at the victim to stop biting, but the victim didn’t stop and he took a sword to slit the throat of victim,” he said.

In his confession, Mr. Vit told police that he had tried to rob the victim because he owed a neighbor 200,000 riel (about $50), and had placed the knife and sword within easy reach before he asked Chiv Borin to come over, Mr. Sakhorn said, adding that police would send Mr. Vit to the provincial court today with a recommendation that he be charged with premeditated murder.

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