Man Confesses to Setting 2 Women on Fire

Battambang Provincial Court on Tuesday charged a 57-year-old man with attempted murder for dousing his 21-year-old ex-fiancee and her 15-year-old sister with gasoline and setting them on fire at their family home in Battambang district, officials said.

Tan Nilong, a Cambodian man who has lived in the US for the past 26 years, confessed to committing the crime Tuesday, said Larch Brok, provincial military police chief of staff.

Larch Brok said Tan Nilong did not confess until military police proved they had enough evidence and witness testimony against him, at which point he reportedly told military police, “I did the crime because I was angry [at] her family [for] breaking the engagement.”

The mother of the victims, Pin Sambath, 57, said Tuesday that Yain Kim Han had broken her engagement with Tan Nilong about a month ago when she discovered he still had a wife in the US. The man’s wife was making threatening telephone calls to Pin Sambath’s daughter, Pin Sambath said.

“We decided to break [their] engagement because he lied [to] us,” Pin Sambath said, adding that Tan Nilong threatened her daughter and her family after their engagement ended.

The suspect told police that a man named Vet was also involved in the attack.

“We are looking to arrest Vet,” Larch Brok said.

Pin Sambath confirmed that another man was involved in the brutal attack, saying one set fire to her daughters while another man waited on a motorbike.

The victims are being treated for serious burns at the RCAF Military Region 5 Hospital, Pin Sambath said, adding that she plans to send her daughters to Vietnam for treatment in the next two days after the investigation process is complete.

Deputy chief prosecutor Uy Sam­phea said Tan Nilong was charged with attempted murder and is being detained in the provincial prison.

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