An 18-year-old Cambodian man has been charged with the murder of a Midland-born bar owner by allegedly stabbing him to death in a botched burglary attempt.
Tong Chen could face life imprisonment if convicted of murdering David Mitchell, aged 37, who was originally from Walsall.
Mr Mitchell owned the Ginger Monkey bar, in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh and lived with his New Zealand girlfriend Jane Nye, aged 29.
He was attacked when he came to the defence of Miss Nye who was confronted by an intruder.
Nye, a former journalist for an English-language magazine in Cambodia, encountered Chen as she emerged from the bathroom and screamed for help, said municipal court prosecutor Kry Sok Y.
The attacker, wielding a knife, stabbed at her and Mr Mitchell, who had rushed out of the bedroom when he heard her cries.
Mitchell died at the scene from multiple stab wounds, while Miss Nye was flown to Thailand for medical treatment.
Police arrested Chen about half an hour later at a nearby park, where he was trying to clean blood from his clothes.
No date has been set for his trial.
Speaking from Cambodia, Mr Mitchell's friend, Brandon Davis paid tribute to the 37-year-old who he said was popular among the locals.
He said that Mr Mitchell was well-known locally and that flowers had been arriving at his bar.
Mr Davis said: "He was the perfect bar owner, he was always sitting there making a fool of himself, having a good time. Everybody in town knew David."
Asked about events that night, Mr Davis said Mr Mitchell had been "chilling out" at his apartment with his girlfriend.
Mr Mitchell had heard her screaming and gone to investigate, putting himself between his girlfriend and the assailant, he said.
Mr Davis said: "We are all in a bit of a state at the moment. It's a very sleepy little place for the most part, very peaceful."
A memorial service will be held for Mr Mitchell in Cambodia, Mr Davis added.