The brother-in-law of a Cambodian woman whose body was found by police officers patrolling along the Vietnamese border on Sunday has confessed to her murder, officials said on Tuesday.
The body of Kret Sreymom, 30, a mother of three, was found naked from the waist down across a path in a forested area near the border in Mondolkiri province, officials said.
Farmer Ty Tey, 19, was arrested at his house in Keo Seima district’s Sre Khtum commune on Monday afternoon and taken to a nearby border police office where he was being detained, said Sun Bun Thoeun, the district police chief.
During questioning on Tuesday, the suspect told police he became angry with the victim as they walked home from a rice field, and that he punched her in the face and hit her in the neck with a stick, Mr. Bun Thoeun said.
Mr. Tey “admitted to murdering his sister-in-law” and said the woman’s clothes came off during the attack, he said.
Mr. Tey was to be questioned further by police before being sent to the Mondolkiri Provincial Court to be charged, he added.
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