A 35-year-old hunter was charged yesterday for planting electric traps to catch wildlife, which ended up killing a man and injuring two others after they stepped on the traps in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district.
The unintentional murder took place on Sunday night at about 10.30pm in a protected forest area in Bromouy commune’s Bromouy village.
Deputy district police chief Leng Sokhom identified the suspect as Thou Thin. He was charged by Pursat Provincial Court with unintentional murder and causing involuntary bodily harm and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
He added the deceased, who was electrocuted from the trap, was named as Yong Sarann, 36.
The two injured victims were only identified as men aged 34 and 37. Both the suspect and all three victims were farmers and lived in Bromouy village.
The suspect and the three victims, who were friends, went to hunt wildlife on Sunday night, according to Mr Sokhom.
He said the men split up and planted electric traps that were connected to large batteries on animal trails at different places in the forest.
“But after planting the electric traps, due to darkness and the thick forest, the three victims lost their way. They walked and stepped on the suspect’s traps,” said Mr Sokhom.
“The electric traps shocked them, causing one of them to die instantly and the other men were injured.”
The two men brought the deceased to his family in the village, added Mr Sokhom. The family then reported it to local police.
Mr Thin was arrested on Monday.