15 Apr 2022
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
The body of the victim was found in a residence in the Damank Thom area of Phnom Penh on Friday 15th April. Their identity is not known.
Police are searching for a man suspected of murdering a transgender person by strangulation in their rental room in Phnom Pehn’s Meanchey district in Stung Meanchey III commune.
The murder took place on April 15 on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in the commune’s Damank Thom village.
Commune police deputy chief Captain Lay Narith said yesterday that the owner of the rental property inspected the room at 5.30pm after discovering a strong smell emanating from inside the room while the door was locked from the inside. He said that after opening the door, the owner saw the body dead and decomposing on a bed.
He stated that the owner alerted local police and a police officer went to inspect the room and victim’s body that evening.
“According to the examination of the victim’s body, [they were] killed by strangulation and died in the bed,” Cap Narith said. “After killing [them], the suspect took the victim’s valuables, locked the door from the inside and fled,” he said.
He stated that according to the owner, the victim rented the room in February. They regularly brought a man to stay in the room. He said that the victim disappeared and their room was locked from the inside on April 15 during the celebration of Khmer New Year. [They were] found dead on Sunday evening.