A 54-year-old layman was charged yesterday with beating the chief of a Buddhist pagoda with a bamboo stick in a rage after being fired.
Venerable Moeng Sokunthea, 65, of Kumreab Sokharam Pagoda in Kampong Chhnang province, suffered serious injuries to his head and face from the attack.
The attack took place on Monday at the pagoda in Boribo district.
Keo Kou, who formerly lived at the pagoda, was charged by the provincial court with intentional acts of violence and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Boribor district deputy police chief Major Seng Soeun said that on the day of the incident, the accused arrived at the pagoda after drinking rice wine in the village. He was very drunk and went to sleep near the victim’s room.
The accused woke up the pagoda chief, who criticised his drunken state. Venerable Moeng Sokunthear then expelled the accused from the pagoda.
“The accused was angry at the chief of the pagoda for speaking strongly to him and expelling him from the pagoda,” Maj Soeun said. “He took a bamboo stick and beat the victim many times.”
“After leaving him seriously injured, he fled from the pagoda but was later arrested by police in the village,” he added.
After his arrest, police confiscated the stick. The victim was rescued by police and was taken to the provincial referral hospital for treatment.
Venerable Moeng Sokunthea remains at the hospital recovering from his injuries.