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Dog bite sparks assault

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A victim recovering from the incident. Fresh News

Five men were arrested yesterday after they and five others beat and seriously injured a father and son in a feud over a dog bite.

The incident took place on Saturday evening at the victims’ house in Chom Chao commune, in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

The attackers were said to be angry that the dog had bitten a youth, who was a relative.

Police said those arrested were: Thanh Noh, 18, Kim Chy, 25, Seng Kath, 29, Kim Yi, 21, and Seng Sithan, 28.

The victims were Im Chanthan, 48, who suffered an injury to his right hand. His son Im Phaneth, 22, had injuries to his head and both hands.

Commune police officer Veng Sok said the dog, which stayed near the victims’ house, bit the youth as he walked near his home.

Some suspects in custody. Fresh News

The suspects, who thought the dog belonged to victims, then went to meet the victims at their house and told them to take care of the dog and tie it up at home.

The victims said the dog was not theirs and they were not responsible for the biting.

The two parties then got into an argument and started fighting at the victims’ house.

“The suspects group gathered their friends and relatives, about 10 people, to beat the victims at the house,” Mr Sok said.

“They used pieces of wood to beat the victims and seriously injured the father and son,”

All the suspects fled. The victims were rescued by neighbours and sent to a private clinic in the commune where they were still being treated last night. Police are still hunting the other five.

Those arrested were accused by police with acts of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and face up to five years each in prison if convicted.

They were being detained last night for questioning and further investigation at the district police station and are due to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning today.

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