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Military officer charged for axe attack on neighbour

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

A military officer was charged by Kampong Speu Provincial Court yesterday over an axe attack on his neighbour that occurred after the victim failed to stop revving his motorbike in front of the suspect’s house.

The incident happened on Sunday night at about 11pm in Phnom Srouch district’s O commune.

Muon Sophal, deputy commander of the district military police, identified the suspect as Major Morm Bunthoeun, 52, a military officer with Brigade 70 of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

Maj Bunthoeun was charged yesterday with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to Mr Sophal.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday after the attack.

Mr Sophal identified the victim as Buth Thou, 31, a motorbike taxi driver who lived next door to the suspect.

Mr Sophal said that on the night of the attack, the victim revved his motorbike in front of the suspect’s house, making a loud sound and disturbing neighbours.

The suspect, whose wife was sick and could not sleep due to the noise, went to talk to the victim and told him not to rev his motorbike excessively.

The victim did not listen to the suspect’s request and continued to rev his motorbike even more, escalating the situation and resulting in an argument.

“The suspect was angry at the victim for revving his motorbike, which made a loud sound and disturbed his ill wife,” Mr Sophal said. “He then chopped the victim on his head with an axe and caused serious injuries.”

He added the suspect was arrested by district military police at his house the same night. After his arrest, military police seized the axe from him.

The victim was brought by his family to the provincial referral hospital for treatment where he remains in serious condition, according to Mr Sophal.

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