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Fruit vendor tried over bid to kill police officer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused leaves court. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
The accused leaves court. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a fruit vendor who allegedly tried to kill a police officer by hacking him in Tuol Kork district last year.

Presiding Judge Kor Vandy identified the accused as Chhin Mach, 29, living in the district’s Boeng Salang commune.

He said that Mr Mach was arrested on July 22 last year and charged with attempted murder. He faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Judge Vandy identified the victim as Second Lieutenant Khin Tith, 33, a Phsar Doeum Kor commune police officer.

Judge Vandy said that at about 3pm on July 22, the victim received a complaint from a fruit vendor in Phsar Neak Meas market about an argument between the accused and other fruits vendors.

He noted that Sec Lt Tith informed his superior and was told to intervene along with two other police officers.

“But when the victim entered the accused’s shop in the market to ask him about the argument, Mr Mach took two cleavers and hacked him several times, causing very serious injuries on the head, back and chest,” Judge Vandy said. “After hacking Sec Lt Tith, the accused managed to flee from the place but was later arrested by local police officers.”

He added that after his arrest, police seized two cleavers as evidence from him.

Judge Vandy said that after the attack, an ambulance took Sec Lt Tirh to Calmette Hospital for treatment.

He noted that the victim has since recovered and has resumed his duties.

During yesterday’s trial, Mr Mach admitted committing the offence.

He told the court that the reason why he hacked Sec Lt Tith was because he had beaten him in a bid to arrest him before giving him a chance to explain about the argument with the other vendors.

Mr Mach also claimed that before police had arrived, he was beaten by the group of people who had been arguing with him, but police only wanted to arrest him and not the others.

“I hacked the victim because I was angry with him for beating me and attempting to arrest only me but not the others,” he told the court. “Police did not stay neutral and took action based on a complaint from another party in the argument.”

A verdict is due February 27.

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