Police Arrest Man For Murder At Patuxay Monument

Source: Vientiane Times

Vientiane police have arrested a man on suspicion of involvement in a murder at the Patuxay monument in the capital on Monday, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred early on March 30, when local residents found the body of a man at the monument. People at the scene and posts on social media suggested the man had died after being infected by the Coronavirus but authorities later clarified he had been murdered.

The Head of Office of the Public Security Headquarters of Vientiane, Lieutenant Colonel Soulivanh Latsavong, reported that the incident occurred at around 00.42 am on March 30.

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The dead man was identified as Mr Sisamout, a 55-year-old originally from Hinxiew village in Khongxedon district of Saravan province. He had moved to live at his sister’s house in Phonthan-neua village of Xaysettha district in Vientiane.

After examining footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at Patuxay, police established that Mr Sisamout died after another man assault him by kicking him in the neck. Mr Sisamout also sustained injuries to his head when he fell. The man who assaulted Mr Sismout ran away.

Police gathered more information about the man who killed Mr Sisamout and on Wednesday, they arrested Mr Xay Viengxay aka Ngern, a 45-year-old former boxer from Bor-o village in Hadxaifong district of Vientiane, officials said.

During the initial investigations, Mr Ngern confessed to assaulting Mr Sisamout. Police are continuing their investigation into the murder, officials said.

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