Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Authorities searching for assailant after dental trainee’s ‘brutal murder’

Authorities searching for assailant after dental trainee’s ‘brutal murder’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Authorities are trying to locate an assailant suspected of killing a trainee dentist. Photo supplied

Authorities searching for assailant after dental trainee’s ‘brutal murder’

Authorities are attempting to identify an assailant suspected of killing a trainee dentist on Monday in Ponhea Pon commune’s Boeung village in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district.

The victim worked for his uncle, a dentist, who discovered his nephew’s body and later described the attack as “an act of brutal murder”.

Ponhea Pon commune police chief Nuon Sambath on Tuesday identified the victim as Thun Ravin, 19, and said the authorities are searching for the suspect.

“The victim’s body had deep lacerations but the authorities cannot yet say for certain whether it was murder. An autopsy is currently being performed. No evidence was left at the scene but the body has cuts on it,” he said.

Moeun Sovatha, the victim’s uncle, told The Post on Tuesday from Kampong Cham province that he had rented a house to set up a dental clinic but at the time of the incident Ravin was working there alone.

Sovatha said his nephew had come to study for a dental career a year ago after failing his Grade 12 examinations.

Thun Ravin was a kind youth while studying for his new career, Sovatha said, and he had never held grudges against anyone.

He said that on Monday morning – the day of the incident – one of the dental clinic’s patients phoned Sovatha to ask him if there was a problem because the clinic’s door was not open as it usually would be.

Upon hearing this, Sovatha rode his motorbike to the clinic and went inside but didn’t immediately see anything untoward.

But when he went to look at a bed he knew his nephew used, he found the victim with serious wounds and seemingly dead.

Sovatha initially suspected Ravin had been a victim of a botched robbery but no property had been taken and the clinic only contained dental equipment and a motorbike.

“I think the killing is extremely cruel. Judging by our examination of the scars and injuries, it seems the assailant held a serious grudge against my nephew,” he said.

An inspection of the body revealed stab wounds and many deep lacerations. One wound showed an entry point on the right side of the victim’s chest that went through his back, Sovatha said.

He said Ravin’s neck had been tied with rope and three fingers on his right hand had sustained injuries and nearly been broken.

Sovatha said his nephew was the third son of four siblings who came from Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Siem district.


  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Preah Vihear court drops charges against villagers

    The Preah Vihear Provincial Court has dropped all charges against eight ethnic Kuoy villagers who were in a land dispute with the Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co Ltd since 2014. Wednesday’s decision was made by the judge who tried the case on June 10. The eight

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • Residents ordered to remove structures on Phnom Penh’s canal

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng has ordered authorities to act against the perpetrators who built houses along the Luo 5 canal in Meanchey district. The municipal administration plans to create a committee to solve the matter. The order was given on Wednesday while Sreng led

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Eighty replacement peacekeepers set for Mali mission despite Covid

    Eighty Cambodian blue helmet soldiers who completed the peacekeeping mission under the UN umbrella in Mali will return to Cambodia on Friday, said the Centre for Peacekeeping Forces spokeswoman Kosal Malida. “To protect their families and communities from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 80 are required to

  • Government set to make up for cancelled April holiday

    The government is set to make up for a five-day Khmer New Year holiday late this month or early next month. The holiday was earlier cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19. The announcement is expected on Friday as the government is studying a range

  • Families told to register for cash handouts

    The government has called on poor families to apply to commune authorities for evaluation to receive financial support during the Covid-19 crisis. A $300 million budget has been planned for implementation within a year. Ministry of Economy and Finance secretary of state Vongsey Visoth said this