Cambodian man jailed for 13 years for expat killing

Published:  24 Dec at 9 AM
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A Cambodian drifter has been handed a 13-year prison sentence after being found guilty of stabbing a Dutch expat and her baby daughter to death during an attempted robbery in Phnom Penh.

Thirty-one-year old Daphna Beerdsen, a UN consultant based in Cambodia, was found dead in her Phnom Penh home in April, while her two-year-old daughter died from injuries sustained around a week later in a Thai hospital, where she had been transported to for emergency medical care.

Chea Pin, 35, was arrested two days after the incident and owned up to the crime. He said after the sentencing that he “accepted” the court’s ruling. He said that he had initially broken into the Dutch women’s home to try and steal a bicycle, but when she noticed him she called for help and used a broomstick to keep him at bay.

He revealed that when he realised she had called for help, he panicked and stabbed her, adding that he never had the intention of killing anyone when he entered the house.

The Dutch women was a consultant for UN-Habitat, an organisation that promotes sustainable development.

The UN released a statement shortly after the murder saying it was “deeply shocked” to hear the news of her death.
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