Wednesday, December 14, 2011

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A woman who allegedly strangled her boyfriend to death was officially charged with murder yesterday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after she was arrested on Saturday in the Toul Sangke commune of the capital’s Russei Keo district.

The suspect, 30-year-old Sam Sorphea, was arrested Saturday at her residence in Toul Sangke commune after police said she used a piece of nylon rope to strangle her 40-year-old boyfriend, Sok Mao, while he was sleeping.

Huy Hean, Chief of the Toul Sangke commune police, said that Sam Sorphea previously lived in Svay Rieng province where she was married to a friend of Sok Mao. However, he said the suspect admitted that Sok Mao and she agreed to run away together to Phnom Penh, where they would be married.

“She [Sam Sorphea] decided to kill her boyfriend when she became angry that he [Sok Mao] had broken a promise by refusing to marry her after she ran away from her husband to live with him in Phnom Penh,”

Som Sorphea, who is awaiting sentencing, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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