Police in Battambang province’s Sangke district yesterday arrested a man over the hacking of a farmer he accused of being a sorcerer.
The attempted murder took place at about 7pm on Monday at the victim’s house, located in Anlong Vil commune.
Major Sok Bunrith, a Sangke district penal police officer, identified the suspect as Vong Den, 28, a farmer living in Anlong Vil commune. The victim was identified as Nork Sorl, 44, also a farmer from the commune.
Maj Bunrith said that about 7am on Monday, the suspect carried a big axe and entered the victim’s house while he was staying alone.
After he entered the victim’s house, the suspect hacked the victim 11 times with the axe, including on his head and neck, leaving him seriously injured.
“The suspect accused the victim of being a sorcerer who did magic on him and his whole family, making them sick,” said Maj Bunrith. “For revenge, he entered the victim’s house to kill him.”
“He hacked the victim 11 times, knocking him unconscious,” he added. “When the victim was being attacked, he shouted for help.”
After attacking the victim, the suspect managed to flee from the house before neighbours arrived to aid the victim, he noted.
He said that police then came to the victim’s house and rescued him. The suspect was later arrested at about 5am yesterday at his house in the commune. After his arrest, police confiscated an axe.
Major General Chet Vanny, chief of the provincial General Crimes Department, yesterday said that the suspect confessed to the crime when questioned by police.
“He told police that the victim was a sorcerer,” he said. “He claimed the victim did magic on him and his whole family to make them sick.”
He said police have accused the suspect of attempted premeditated murder and noted that he will be sent to the provincial court today.