Story By: Simon Glover, Sub Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Police believe this jealous goldsmith shot dead a teacher who became romantically involved with his pretty ex-wife after the couple met on Facebook.
Choun Theanyreasey, 30, is accused of killing PE teacher Toch Veasna, 33, outside the school where the teacher worked in the Aoral District of central Cambodia’s Kampong Speu Province.
Police say Theanyreasey, a goldsmith, of the city of Serei Saophoan, in north-wstern Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey Province, had become jealous after learning the teacher was dating his ex-wife.
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Mr Veasna had made contact with the 27-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, on Facebook in March and they met up for the first time in April.
Theanyreasey and his ex-wife had divorced in January but the goldsmith was furious when he learned of her new relationship and managed to discover where his rival lived and worked.
Captain Noun Vuthy, of Kampong Speu provincial police, said Theanyreasey walked up to Mr Veasna as he was eating his dinner outside of Taing Robang Secondary School.
He said Theanyreasey took out a pistol and shot his victim in the neck, killing him instantly, in front of his shocked colleagues.
Captain Vuthy said Mr Veasna’s friends had been too shocked to act: “They ran away at the sight of Mr Theanyreasey’s gun.”
Theanyreasey fled the scene on his motorbike, which he had left nearby, but he was arrested about 30 minutes later after the teacher’s colleagues called the cops.
Police also seized a pistol along with eight unused bullets, Theanyreasey’s ID card and a motorbike.
Major General Som Samoun, the chief of Kampong Speu provincial police, said Theanyreasey faced a charge of premeditated murder and a life sentence if convicted.