Soldier Arrested Over Love Triangle Murder

A soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Ly Chorn­chhun, a 47-year-old sergeant major who was shot in the head in his sleep in Battambang province on Sat­­urday, according to police, who say the alleged killer was in love with the victim’s wife.

“The gunman, Ny Noeun, 51, is a soldier in the same battalion as the victim, but the case involves a love triangle with the victim’s wife,” deputy prov­incial police chief Chet Vanny said on Thursday, adding that Mr. Noeun was arrested on Wednes­day.

Mr. Vanny said the pair had never argued over the woman, Soeun Sivorn, while stationed in Phnom Proek district, but that Mr. Noeun con­fessed to killing Ly Chorn­chhun to remove him from the picture.

“We spent…days investigating to find the gunman, who was hiding at the Bat­ta­l­ion 53 base in Battam­bang prov­ince, which is where we arrested him,” he said.

Mr. Vanny said the suspect claimed to have been in love with Ms. Sivorn for more than a year, but that she told police she had re­peatedly turned down his advances.

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