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Man held for killing son over insults

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused claims he beat his son in self defence. Norkor Thom

Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a man with killing his son who was drunk and insulted him in Kandal Stung district on Monday.

Major General Eav Chamroeun, provincial police chief, identified the accused as Phong Cheang, 68, a farmer living in Deum Roeus commune.

He identified the victim as Phong Ban, 39, a construction worker living in the accused’s house who had a wife and two young children.

Maj Gen Chamroeun said that Mr Cheang was charged with intentional murder and is now in prison pending trial.

He declined to give further details of the murder.

Captain Bun Sambath, a district police officer, said that at about 2am on Monday, the victim arrived home drunk from a wedding party in the commune.

He said that Mr Ban started talking loudly while his father, mother, wife and children were asleep.

Cap Sambath said the accused woke up and told his son to go to sleep, but he continued talking loudly.

He said Mr Cheang became angry and scolded Mr Ban.

Cap Sambath said that the son became angry and started insulting the father before picking up a piece of wood to beat him.

Cap Sambath said that the accused then ran out of the house, picked up a big piece of wood and returned to assault the son.

He said Mr Cheang hit the victim several times on the head, causing him to die on the spot.

Cap Sambath said that the accused then went back to sleep and the victim’s wife found her husband’s body when she woke up at about 6am.

He said the wife alerted commune police who arrested Mr Cheang at about 6.30am.

“During his interrogation, the accused confessed that he hit the victim because he was angry with him for insulting him and taking a big piece of wood to hit him,” Cap Sambath said. “He said that to defend himself he ran out to pick up a piece of wood and assault his son, but did not intend to kill him.”

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