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Police watching main suspect in death of man due to electric trap in Kratie

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Seang Sok, a 55-year-old farmer in Chroy Banteay commune, was found dead by his relatives near a lake more than 2km from the village. POLICE

Police watching main suspect in death of man due to electric trap in Kratie

Prek Prasap district police in Kratie province are searching for a suspect they say is responsible for setting an electric trap to catch wild animals that electrocuted a farmer last weekend.

District police chief Chan Sophalla told The Post on July 12 that Seang Sok, a 55-year-old farmer in Chroy Banteay commune, was found dead by his relatives near a lake more than 2km from the village.

Sok went out to catch fish and frogs in the fields next to the lake on July 8 and did not come home that night.

“When we examined the crime scene, the victim had burns on his body which may have been caused by electric shock from a trap set up by criminals to catch animals illegally,” he said.

According to Sophalla, the victim’s death was a case of “unintentional murder” and now police officers have investigated and identified the suspect who they believe set the electric trap that killed Sok.

“We have identified the suspect but … I don’t want to reveal his identity until he is arrested in accordance with legal procedures,” he said.

A local police officer who asked not to be named told The Post that the suspect was a resident of Prek Prasap district’s Sorb commune and had a history of criminal activity involving the use of electric traps.

He said the authorities are continuing to monitor the suspect’s activities to gather more evidence for an arrest warrant.

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