A 37-year-old man was yesterday charged by Stung Treng Provincial Court over the killing of his police officer brother over a dispute about borrowing the victim’s motorbike.
Brigadier General Duong Sisovutha, chief of provincial police’s criminal investigation department, identified the accused as Touch Sarath, a farmer living in Stung Treng city.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday and charged yesterday with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances.
Brig Gen Sisovutha said that on the evening of February 21, the suspect asked his brother Touch Yav, 46, a police officer with the provincial forensics department, to borrow his motorbike.
When the victim said no, the accused grew angry and the two began fist-fighting each other, said Brig Gen Sisovutha.
“The accused was angry at his older brother for not lending him the motorbike,” Brig Gen Sisovutha said. “During the scuffle, the accused took a big piece of wood and beat his brother many times on the head, leading to serious injuries.”
After the beating, the accused fled the scene and other family members of the victim took him to the hospital, where he died three days later from his injuries.
Meng Seng, a clerk with Stung Treng Provincial Court, said the parents of the brothers claimed that the accused suffers from mental health issues and that his condition should be taken into consideration.
Mr Seng noted that according to the Criminal Code, an offender suffering from a legitimate mental health issue may not be held fully responsible for his or her crimes.
“But for this case, the accused does not have any medical certificate to certify that he has a condition,” he said. “So the court has charged him.”
Mr Seng added that the accused faces seven to 15 years in jail if convicted.