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Fugitive nightclub gunman arrested

Ven Rathavong / Khmer Times Share:
Duch Sovannareth, in custody at the provincial police station in Oddar Meanchey. Supplied

The Oddar Meanchey provincial police arrested the man who allegedly firing the shots that seriously injured a DJ at the Rock Centre last November.  He fled to Thailand.  He was on his way back to Phnom Penh by bus when the police nabbed him in Sangkat Samraong.

The suspect is Duch Sovannareth, son of a secretary of state at the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection.  He will be sent to Phnom Penh for questioning.

Last November, Mr Sovannareth and two of his friends went to the Rock Entertainment Centre, in the Tonle Bassac commune, to party. They got into an argument with Bear Sam Oeun, a DJ there, for not playing the music they requested.

Mr Sovannareth pulled a gun and fired five shots into the floor to threaten the DJ. Mr Sam Oeun was hit by ricocheting bullets in the leg and hand, and subsequently taken to the Khmer-Russian Hospital.

In December Mr Sovannareth’s two friends were arrested in Kampong Thom province, where they were hiding from the law.

All three were charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal court with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.


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