Sixteen suspected gangsters including four women were charged by Takeo Provincial Court yesterday for their involvement in beating four youths over a dispute at a dance in Takeo province’s Kirivong district.
The fight happened on Friday at about 9pm at a wedding ceremony in Ta-Ou commune’s Roleak village.
Deputy district police chief Veng Chantha said the male suspects were Chhuon Tikea, 24, Tay Lay You, 28, Vann Puty, 24, Chhorn Hong, 26, Kun Hov, 21, Nhorn Duongchith, 27, Sal Sun, 19, Ty Panharith, 22, Roeun Tika, 20, Ly Bunleng, 30, Morn Socheath, 22, and Nhon Kanan, 25.
The women were identified as Rean Srey Luong, 21, Lay Eng, 20, Un Sokrim, 18, and Phon Srey Nath, 18. All were charged with being accomplices to intentional acts of violence and were arrested late on Friday night.
Mr Chantha said the four male victims were Keun Piseth, 32, Sam Mab, 28, Hak Ly, 22, and Meas Veasna, 32.
During the dance, the victims attempted to dance with the women, who were girlfriends of some of the male suspects, the deputy police chief added.
The two parties then got into an argument and began fighting on the dance floor, resulting in the victims’ injuries.
“The suspects group, which had more people, was angry at the victims for trying to dance with their girls so they started to fight them,” he said.
“At first, they fought each other using their arms and legs,” he said. “But later on, some of the suspects ran to get pieces of wood and swords from their homes and began beating and cutting the victims, causing all of them to get seriously injured.”
After the fight, the suspects tried to flee but were arrested later that evening by local police, Mr Chantha added.