Two Buddhist monks were arrested and defrocked after they beat another monk, injuring him seriously, after an argument.
The incident took place on Wednesday at Tuol Samrong Pagoda in Dangkor district on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Veng Sokheng, Dangkor commune administrative deputy police chief, said the defrocked monks were Y Vahai, 25, and Yeng Chantha, 26.
Mr Sokheng said that before the attack, the two argued with victim Ra Sem, 43, who accused the pair of buying beer to drink in their room.
The victim threatened to report them to the pagoda chief.
“The two monks were angry at the victim for accusing them of drinking beer in their room,” Mr Sokheng said. “During the argument, they took pieces of wood and attacked the victim, wounding him seriously on the head.”
“Other monks intervened and the victim was sent to hospital for treatment.”
The two monks were arrested the same evening. They were defrocked yesterday by the chief of municipal Buddhist monks, and handed over to police for legal action.
The pair were temporarily detained at the district police station, accused of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.
They will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning today.