A father was arrested Wednesday night after police responded to a domestic dispute that left his 30-year-old son severely injured in hospital.
Keo Savuth, deputy chief of the criminal investigation department with Russey Keo district police, identified the suspect as Theth San, 52, a motorbike taxi driver living in Russey Keo district’s Chraing Chamres II commune. The victim was identified as his son Theth Sothea, a 30-year-old construction worker.
Mr Savuth said that on the evening of the alleged crime, the victim had argued with his younger brother, 21.
“During the argument, the victim beat and kicked his younger brother, so their father who was in sitting in front of the house took notice,” Mr Savuth said.
Mr San was infuriated and took a machete and sliced his eldest son several times, causing severe injuries to his head, Mr Savuth said.
“He was a cruel man. He chopped his own son like an animal,” Mr Savuth said. “Police were called and we arrested Mr San. We found the victim bleeding and unconscious.”
After the arrest, police seized a machete as evidence and sent the victim to Calmette Hospital for treatment. The suspect has been detained at the district police station and accused of intentional acts of violence.
He is set to make his first court appearance today.