Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Chinese national over the hacking of a policeman and an elderly woman while high on drugs in Chamkar Mon district on Saturday.
Captain Duong Savuth, a district police officer, identified the accused as Jin Chun, 37, a tourist living in a rental house in Boeng Trabek commune.
He said Mr Jin was arrested on Saturday afternoon and was charged with drug use and intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Cap Savuth said that at about 2pm on Saturday, the accused was high on drugs and walked shirtless along Street 432 in the commune.
He said Mr Jin was carrying a cleaver and saw Meas Saly, 70, a sugarcane vendor pushing her cart.
“The accused grabbed Ms Saly and tried to slash her throat but she avoided the cleaver,” Cap Savuth said. “While the victim was trying to escape from his grip, Mr Jin hacked her on the head, causing serious injuries.”
He said that a group of district police officers on patrol saw the attack and one of them, Mao Samnang, 54, went to intervene.
“Mr Samnang tried to grab the cleaver but the accused hacked him several times, causing serious injuries,” Cap Savuth said.
He said when the other police officers ran to help Mr Samnang, the accused tried to kill himself.
Cap Savuth said Mr Jin fell to the ground and police arrested him before taking him and his victims to the Khmer-Soviet Friendly Hospital for treatment. He added that while in hospital the accused tested positive for drugs.