Cleaner found raped and murdered on Phnom Penh railway track

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Cleaner found raped and murdered on Phnom Penh railway track

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The unsolved rape and murder of a young woman leaves a Phnom Penh community shaken
26 December 2017
Chhun Momsoksivutha’s friends used to warn her not to walk home alone at night. The road to the young woman’s apartment was dark, and it lay along a railroad track known as a hotspot for drugs and sex work.

“I have no beauty for them to rape,” Momsoksivutha would dismissively respond, friends said. “And I have no money for them to kill for.”

On Thursday, the 27-year-old dishwasher went missing after she finished cleaning up at a wedding venue around midnight on Thursday. After a frantic search, neighbours found her partially clothed body hidden underneath a concrete structure by the side of the railroad, not far from her house.

Four days later, Momsoksivutha’s rape and murder remains unsolved. Meanwhile, women in this village in Phnom Penh Thmey commune say they have been so shaken by the incident that they are making plans to build fences around their homes and have forbidden their daughters to go out in the evenings.

“We feel unsafe now,” said Thong Bunna, who employed Momsoksivutha. “We still do not understand why they killed her. Every night I go to sleep, I still think about it.”

Bunna said she has since banned her daughter from going out with friends at night and has her older brother take her to school... ... ity-shaken

Three or four suspects were arrested by the police for questioning on 23 and 24 December, but there is no further information on this.
Police suspect at least two people were involved in the attack, but Phnom Penh Thmey Commune Police Chief Sieng Soeun said yesterday that investigators are “not clear yet” about the involvement of the three suspects who were arrested.
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