Police: Suspect Admits Raping, Killing Woman

Police arrested Hay Sokha, 35, in Pailin Wednesday in connection with the sexual as­sault and stabbing death of a Bat­tam­bang pro­vince woman found dead in her home Saturday, Bat­tam­bang po­lice Chief Heng Chan­tha said.

Hay Sokha confessed that he robbed, raped and killed Vorn Voeun, 37, Heng Chantha said.

“In the beginning, he was only going to rob [Vorn Voeun]. But he changed his mind and raped and killed her because the victim recognized him,” Heng Chantha said.

Hay Sokha worked as a tire re­pairman near Vorn Voeun’s home. He had visited her before and came to her home to play cards Friday night, Heng Chan­tha said.

He hid in a room and waited for members of the household to go to sleep before committing the crimes, Heng Chan­tha said.

Police have recovered more than $1,000 worth of gold from Hay Sokha and returned it to the victim’s husband, World Vision official Vorn Sam El.

Vorn Voeun’s body was found by her 14-year-old son Saturday morning. Police said she was raped, beaten with a stick and stabbed in the throat with scissors.


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