Man Arrested for Murder of 14-Year-Old Girl in Kampot

A 27-year-old Kampot province man has been arrested for alleg­edly brutally murdering his 14-year-old niece, police said Sunday.

Korn Sophois was arrested at his home in Dang Tong district’s La’ang commune Wednesday for al­legedly stabbing his niece Gnan Chanthorn to death, said provincial penal police chief Kong Sok­horn. The body of the girl was found the previous day with 11 stab wounds inflicted upon her.

According to the penal police chief, the arrested suspect has con­fessed to killing the girl.

“He is the victim’s uncle on her father’s side. We arrested him be­cause his bloody shirt was found dump­ed in a rice field, his neck was bruised and he was the last person with the girl before she was found dead. The man showed us his knife,” Mr Sokhorn said.

He added that the suspect had claimed that the killing stemmed from a verbal dispute he had with the victim the day before but that po­lice have reason to believe that the man had tried to sexually as­sault his niece.

“He confessed that he killed the girl for revenge, however, the case seems to be a killing as a result of a failed rape,” Mr Sokhorn said.

He added that the suspect was sent to the provincial court on Fri­day to be charged.

Provincial Prosecutor Tob Ch­hun­­heng declined to speak with a re­porter about the case on Sunday, saying it was his day off.

 

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