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Two charged over beating of construction manager

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two workers beat their manager over salaries. Police

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court charged two construction workers yesterday for severely beating their construction manager with metal pipes because he had not paid their salaries.

The incident took place on Saturday night at about 9.40pm at a hotel construction site in Sihanoukville.

Keo Phally, a police officer working with Preah Sihanouk provincial police, identified the accused as Xie Yongji, 37, and Xie Yiyang, 24, both construction workers for a Chinese company.

They were charged with assault and face two to five years in prison, he said.

Mr Phally said they were arrested the same night of the incident by police after assaulting the victim, Wu Sen Yin, a 51-year-old construction manager, after accusing Mr Wu of not paying their salaries.

Seng Sarom, a police officer with Sihanoukville police, said that on Saturday night, the accused approached the victim demanding their salaries.

Mr Sarom said the victim owed about $300 to $500 for the month of April, money the victim did not have. An argument ensued and the men began hitting the victim.

“They were angry at the victim for owing them their salaries,” he said. “They took two metal pipes and beat the victim in the head, causing serious injuries that left him unconscious.”

Mr Sarom said the accused then fled the scene and were later arrested by the authorities at about midnight at their rented home. After the arrest, police seized two steel bars along with four pieces of wood from the accused.

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