Police said yesterday they had arrested nine more suspects in Tuesday’s triple murder of a 17-year-old girl and her parents in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district. The detentions followed the arrest on Tuesday evening of suspect Sok Lin, a 35-year-old motorcycle taxi driver.
Ry Sarun, 52, Ne Sovannary, 48, and their daughter, Ry Nalin, were all stabbed repeatedly before their apartment was ransacked Tuesday morning. The mother and daughter, who died at the scene, also had their throats slashed, while the father died from his wounds at a hospital that day.
Police believe the murders were part of an attempt to rob the family, which owned a junk shop in Phsar Doeum Thkov commune.
Municipal Penal Police Chief Chuon Naren said yesterday that all ten suspects were being questioned and that no one had yet been charged.
“Sok Lin, 35, is the fist suspect and we arrested nine other men today as part of our goal to find the real killers,” Mr Naren said. “All of them are in the custody of Meanchey district police and we will use our tactics to find the suspects who killed the three victims.”
District police chief Ouch Sokhon said his officers were also taking part in the investigation.
“We are working as hard as boiling water,” Mr Sokhon said. “Our investigation police are working on this case and we cannot reveal details to the public.”
Military police are also involved, said Pong Savith, deputy municipal military police chief.
“We have been working on this Phnom Penh triple murder since it happened and we will reveal details to the public when we finish,” Mr Savith said.
Relatives and friends performed funerary rites yesterday at the family’s home. Speaking on Wednesday at a ceremony, classmates of 17-year-old Nalin called the murder cruel and appealed to police to punish the offenders.