Internet Cafe Murderer Given 13-Year Sentence

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced a man to 13 years in jail for stabbing to death the owner of an Internet cafe in Phnom Penh last year.

Dang So­pheak, a 22-year-old painter, was arrested in September 2014 at a cafe in Sen Sok district shortly after stabbing the owner, Lim Chhung Kim, 23, and shooting one of her brothers with a taser.

Mr. Sopheak maintained his innocence over the course of his two-day trial last week.

After the verdict against him was announced Mondayby Presiding Judge Chhe Virak, he called it “an injustice” and said he would talk to his lawyer about filing an appeal.

Speaking outside the courtroom, the victim’s mother, Taing Muoy Eng, 52, also expressed dissatisfaction with the decision.

“I think it is too lenient. The court should have sentenced him to life in prison because he killed my daughter.”

She also said the 200 million riel, or about $50,000, in compensation the judge had awarded the victim’s family was too little.

“He destroyed the happiness of my family, and every day I just sit and cry,” she said.

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