A Banteay Meanchey man was charged by the provincial court yesterday after physically assaulting a businessman for attempting to marry his girlfriend.
Colonel Men Phearum, deputy commander of the provincial military police, identified the accused as Yun Peang, a farmer from Mongkul Borey district.
Col Phearum said Mr Peang was charged with intentional acts of violence and faces up to two years in prison if convicted. Mr Peang is now in prison pending trial.
The victim was identified as Sar Chhayleang, a land broker from the same district.
Major Sok Seila, deputy commander of the district military police, said yesterday that the accused met his former girlfriend on Facebook in 2016.
He noted that the two formed a relationship and would regularly meet, adding that the couple promised to tie the knot in April next year.
Maj Seila said things took a turn for the worst on Tuesday at about 10am after a friend of the accused told him that his girlfriend had become engaged to another man.
Mr Peang then took his motorbike to confront his girlfriend at her home. There the accused saw Mr Chhayleang and proceeded to assault him, causing injuries to his face.
“He was angry at the victim for being engaged to his girlfriend,” Maj Seila said. “The accused punched him several times, causing injuries.”
“After the assault, the accused threatened to kill the victim along with the victim’s entire family with a grenade if the marriage plan continued,” he added.
Mr Peang then fled the scene, only to be arrested the same morning.