A man who robbed and killed his girlfriend’s lover was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday to life in prison, while the woman received 30 years for luring the victim into the roadside attack.
Commune police patrolling Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district found the body of Yon Tola, 22, after questioning Ouch Sreyroth, 19, about why she was walking along the road in the early hours of December 4, Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Chuon Sokreasy said on Tuesday.
Ms. Sreyroth and Yon Tola became lovers after meeting at a Phnom Penh karaoke parlor where Ms. Sreyroth was working, Judge Sokreasy said
“They started to know each other and fell in love,” he said.
When Ms. Sreyroth told her boyfriend, Thoeun Kim, 22, about her relationship with Yon Tola, Mr. Kim became angry. The couple then agreed to rob and kill the victim.
“He was really mad and agreed with his girlfriend that they would steal the victim’s motorbike,” Judge Sokreasy said.
After leaving the karaoke parlor at about 1 a.m. on December 4, Ms. Sreyroth told Yon Tola to stop his motorbike because she had to urinate and then lured him into the bushes to have sex, he said.
“They started touching each other and stripped off their clothes, and then he started to get on top of her,” Judge Sokreasy said. Mr. Kim, who had been hiding nearby, approached the pair with a large stick and fatally struck the victim on the back of the head, he said.
Ly Sophanna, a spokesman for the municipal court, said both defendants were convicted of premeditated murder. He said Ms. Sreyroth received 30 years and that Mr. Kim would remain in prison for the rest of his life.
The spokesman said they were also ordered to pay $15,000 each in compensation to Yon Tola’s family.
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