Sihanoukville Prisoner Kills Cellmate With Stick

An inmate at the Sihanoukville pri­son beat a cellmate to death with a wooden stick during a power outage early Saturday mor­ning, police said Sunday.

Poch Mon, 26, is accused of beat­ing Ek Khol, 29, with a pole used to hold up mosquito netting after the electricity went out for 15 minutes just before 1 am, said prison director Heng Huon.

After the lights went out, the at­tacker poked Ek Khol in the eye then hit him on the neck until he died, Heng Huon said, adding there were 32 inmates in the cell at the time.

Officials could hear cries coming from the cell but were unable to intervene because of the darkness, Heng Huon said.

When the lights came back on, Poch Mon was standing over the body, tasting the victim’s blood, Heng Huon said.

Poch Mon told police he killed Ek Khol because he was de­pressed he didn’t have any visitors, Heng Huon said.

Poch Mon is being held in the same cell with his legs bound be­cause the prison doesn’t have room to hold him in solitary confinement, Heng Huon said.

He was originally detained after confessing to the March 20 killing of his co-worker in the Stung Haw district, but has yet to be tried, said Som Saroeun, deputy penal police chief of Mittapheap district.


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