Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged two men over the attempted murder of their friend in Poipet city over the weekend.
Major Nuon Nynaro, commander of the Poipet city military police, identified the accused as Kong Nalin, 22, and Kim Ratanak, 19, both unemployed.
Maj Nynora said they were charged by the court with attempted murder and theft, noting they face ten to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Maj Nynora identified Lang Chenda, 17, as the victim, an acquaintance of the accused whom they tried to rob before attempting to kill him. He said the attack occurred on Friday after a night of drinking.
Captain Veng Sakhorn, a Poipet city military police officer, said that on Friday night at about 10pm, the accused persuaded the victim to take them drinking at a nightclub.
The victim agreed and picked up the accused on his motorbike. The accused were then taken home by the victim shortly after they left the nightclub at about 11pm.
“On their way home, the victim arrived at a desolate place in the city and the accused jumped their friend and tried to kill him in order to steal his motorbike,” Cap Sakhorn said. “One of them held the victim down while the other took a knife and slashed the victim’s throat, causing injuries.”
“They threw him into a nearby ditch and left him for dead, took his motorbike and fled the scene,” he added.
Villagers came to intervene and saved the victim from bleeding out before sening him to the provincial referral hospital for medical treatment.
Cap Sakhron said the victim’s friends were apprehended in Malai distirct near the Cambodia-Thailand border on the following day. Military police seized the stolen bike worth $2,000 from them and returned the motorbike to the victim’s family.
The victim is currently receiving medical treatment and will recover from the attack, he noted. The two accused have been jailed pending their trial.