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British bar owner stabbed to death in Cambodia

The British owner of an expatriate bar in Cambodia was stabbed to death and his girlfriend badly slashed, in a botched robbery attempt in their apartment.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 14:27 IST

The British owner of a bar in Cambodia was stabbed to death and his girlfriend badly slashed, in a botched robbery attempt in their apartment, police said.

David Mitchell, who owned the Ginger Monkey near Phnom Penh's popular riverfront bar strip, was stabbed repeatedly by a homeless person who had broken into his home, district deputy police chief Yim Socheat said.

Mitchell, 37, was killed as he tried to defend his girlfriend, a 29-year-old New Zealander who was attacked as she left the apartment's bathroom.

The woman's throat was cut and her face slashed. So she was flown to Singapore for emergency medical treatment.

A suspected killer, Tong Chin, 18, was arrested minutes later as he tried to clean the blood off himself, police said. It's unknown if others were involved in the attack.

The vagabond climbed into their house aiming to steal their belongings.

The killing comes almost three months after a French national Allan Romagnoli, 49, was hacked to death with a meat cleaver in his bedroom at a hotel he ran outside Phnom Penh.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 14:27 IST