The daughter of a moneylender who was bludgeoned to death with an ax in Koh Kong province last week was charged with her murder on Monday, a police official said Tuesday.
Lay Meng Laing, chief of the provincial police’s minor crimes bureau, said that Pann Ney Sin, 31, was charged with premeditated murder after the victim’s friend Chea Mom, 45, admitted witnessing the attack in Khemara Phoumint City on Thursday.
“Ms. Chea Mom confessed that she saw Ms. Pann Ney Sin kill her mother…but [Ms. Ney Sin] rejects that she committed the crime,” he said.
Mr. Meng Laing added that Ms. Mom was also charged—with conspiracy to premeditated murder.
“The investigating judge Min Makara charged them already,” he said of the two women.
“They were in pretrial detention at the provincial prison yesterday evening.”
Ms. Ney Sin was arrested Friday as she attempted to transport her mother’s body to neighboring Kampot province.
Ms. Ney Sin bribed her alleged accomplice with about $1,600 of her mother’s jewelry to keep quiet, with a haul including a necklace and bracelet found at Ms. Mom’s home, said Mr. Meng Laing.