Woman Murders Friend And Chops Her Into Pieces

Story BySimon GloverSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report


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This is the moment police arrest a woman for killing her friend and chopping her body up into pieces after the woman’s hand and foot were found in a river outside a palace.

Tim Sophal, 35, was arrested after a passerby spotted a hand and foot from her alleged victim Kim Yaneang, 40, floating in a river in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh.

Video footage captured the moment police officers escorted Sophal back to the scene – outside the country’s Royal Palace – where she allegedly dumped the body parts in the river.

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Major Ly Savuth, a district military police officer, said Sophal was a close friend of Ms Yaneang, 40, a widowed hairdresser, and had borrowed a sum of money from her.

Ms Yaneang had visited Sophal the day before she died to demand the return of the loan, totalling four million KHR (770 GBP), but she did not have the money.

Major Savuth said Sophal, who was unpmployed, attacked the hairdresser with a stick when she returned the next day, again asking for the money.

Sophal then allegedly strangled her friend before chopping her body up into pieces which she hid in rubbish bags before dumping them in the river outside of the Royal Palace that night.

Ms Yaneang’s daughter, Pich Sievmey, 17, raised the alarm after her mother did not return from visiting Sophal.

A passerby later spotted a human hand and foot floating in the river and called the cops who realised they might be that of Ms Yaneang and arrested Sophal.

Major Savuth said Sophal soon admitted what she had done under questioning by police officers.

He said: “She confessed that she killed the victim because she had owed her money for several months and could not repay her.”

Sophal faces a murder charge and a life sentence behind bars if she is convicted in court.

Police have still only found Ms Yaneang’s hand and foot so far and are still looking for the rest of her body.

Cambodia’s Royal Palace stands at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. 

Apart from during the rule of the Khmey Rouge in the late 1970s, it has been the home of the Cambodian royal family since it was built in the 1860s.

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