Two Men Arrested in Slaying of Couple, Maid

Police in Meanchey district ar­rested two men Saturday suspected of involvement in the brutal slaying of Sok Hear, his wife Ouk Sopheap and their live-in maid Mom Sokny last week.

The bodies of the married couple were found Friday afternoon with their throats slit “almost severing their heads from their bodies,” district police chief Hy Narins said. The maid, Mom Sokny, was found in the bedroom with her throat slit and several stab wounds on her body.

The couple’s 7-month-old son was found screaming and covered in blood but otherwise unharmed, Hy Narin said.

“We only conclude that this case is murder case because we would not find anything [missing] from the victims’ belongings,” he said.

Neighbors alerted police after they heard the baby scream and wondered why no one took care of him, Hy Narin said.

“Policemen are investigating, burning our hands and our legs seeking to arrest the suspects,” he added.

Police declined to reveal names or details about the already arrested suspects or the other suspects sought by police, but district military police chief Seng Chhay confirmed the arrest of two suspects on Sat­urday. The two men arrested knew the victims and will remain in custody for questioning, Seng Chhay said, adding that police are looking for two to three other suspects.

Deputy Municipal police chief Kong Sakhon said revenge was the most likely motive. Ouk Sopheap was the village’s manager of an informal savings and loan scheme known as tong tin, he said.

“We have invited some of the victims’ workers at the victims’ workshop to…get some information. We hope to arrest the suspects soon,” he said.

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