Man charged in UN woman's murder

PHNOM PENH - A local man has been charged with the murder of a Dutch woman who was working as a United Nations contractor in Cambodia, local media reported on Monday.

Daphna Beerdsen was found dead in her home in the capital last week after suffering multiple stab wounds. Her 19-month-old daughter Dana was also stabbed and is in a Bangkok hospital in critical condition.

Police later arrested Chea Phin, a 35-year-old homeless man, who they say confessed to stabbing the woman and her baby in a botched attempt to steal a bicycle.

"He was charged with murder and sent to pre-trial detention," Phnom Penh police official Eng Sorphea was quoted as saying by the Cambodia Daily newspaper.

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