Three Relatives Suspected In Slaying of Pursat Woman

Pursat province authorities are planning to seek arrest warrants today for three people whom they say gunned down a 62-year-old disabled woman because they hoped to inherit the elderly wo­man’s land.

The Pursat provincial court will be asked to issue warrants for the arrest of a 30-year-old man, a 40-year-old man and 35-year-old woman, all relatives of victim Seang Cheal, said Pen Tung, Pursat province Serious Crime Unit deputy chief .

Authorities say the suspects, whom Pen Tung would not identify Sunday afternoon, plotted Seang Cheal’s killing because she was wealthy and they were hoping to inherit her land and rice in Kandieng district.

On April 10 around 10 pm, Seang Chal, who had her right leg amputated several years ago, was sleeping when a gunman carrying an M-16 assault rifle climbed into her house, Pen Tung said.

The intruder shot the woman once in the hand and once in the chest, killing her in­stantly, Pen Tung said.

He would not say how authorities concluded the three relatives were behind the killing.

The shooting was not the first attempt on Seang Chal’s life. About four months ago, someone broke into her house and tried to strangle her as she slept, Pen Tung said.

 

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