Man on Trial for Murder Over Internet Cafe Stabbing

A man suspected of stabbing to death the owner of an Internet cafe in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district last year maintained his innocence during a second day of hearings in his trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court Tuesday.

Addressing the court through tears, Dang Sopheak, 22, asked for a thorough investigation.

“I ask the court to continue investigating this case before making judgement or sentencing me,” he said.

Mr. Sopheak is charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Lim Chhung Kim, 23, at the Internet cafe she ran out of her home in Toek Thla commune.

Lim Chhung Kim’s brother, Lim Hong Tak, told the court that on September 29 last year, he heard screaming coming from the loft in their house and when he opened the door, Mr. Sopheak used a taser to shock him.

Mr. Hong Tak then called out for his older brother, who managed to detain Mr. Sopheak until police arrived.

Presiding Judge Chhe Vioak will issue a verdict on November 2.

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