A fresh police recruit charged with murdering his 20-year-old girlfriend appeared in court on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 for his third and final hearing at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Cambodia.
The trial resumed from a postponement last December when the court ordered a reinvestigation of the case due to a lack of evidence.
Hong Kalydin, 28, was arrested and charged with murder accompanied by torture in October 2014, a week after the body of his girlfriend Song Davin was found floating on the Tonle Sap river. The court heard a defence attorney witness who claimed to have seen the victim in a nightclub two days before she was found dead.
â€œOn the night of October 5, I went to Mekong Nightclub with my sisters and saw five girls and one slim guy sitting inside. On October 7, a body was found on the river. People asked me and three other guys to take the body [out]. Then I saw it was one of the girls I had seen in the nightclub,â€ said witness You Maliki, who works as a fisherman.
When the judge asked if he could identify Kalydin, Maliki said,
â€œNo, it was not him who I saw in the nightclub.â€
The prosecutor, judge and victimâ€™s lawyer all found his account suspect and pressed him on the details. Police stated that DNA testing revealed no semen on the victimâ€™s body. Presiding judge Veng Huoth said the verdict would be announced on an unspecified date due to the complexity of the case.
Source: Niem Chheng