Child Protection Unit: ‘Second arrest made in Kampot murder’, Phnom Penh Post

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A second teenage suspect has been detained in the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Kampot province.

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Kun Nay disappeared from her house in the Lboeuk commune of Chhouk district on Monday evening. Her mutilated corpse was discovered by her sister on Wednesday morning in a nearby rice field.

Yesterday, an 18-year-old male was detained in Phnom Penh and transported back to Kampot police headquarters for further questioning, according to James McCabe, director of the Phnom Penh-based Child Protection Unit, which is assisting Kampot police in the investigation.

The first suspect in the case, a 17-year-old neighbour of the victim detained on Wednesday in Kampot, remains in custody and has not been charged.

A second weapon used in the attack was also identified yesterday, as investigators examined several crime scenes.

On Thursday, a palm frond was identified as the first murder weapon. McCabe added that the CPU had never investigated a homicide using a palm frond, a technique he said dates back to the Khmer Rouge era.

“One of the crime-scene investigators with 27 years of experience cannot recall a crime having used this old style of weapon before,” he said.

There are several people the police remain interested in questioning, McCabe said.

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