A blacksmith was arrested on Sunday for hacking a man in anger because the victim looked at his face.
Captain Song Thy, a penal police officer with Sa’ang district police in Kandal province, said the suspect was blacksmith Taing Tong Eng, 21, from Prek Long village.
Victim Van Voeun, 37, also a blacksmith, lives in the same village.
Capt Thy said that at about 8pm on Sunday, the suspect and victim, who had been drinking and arguing with each other, drove motorbikes towards each other on a road in the commune.
While they were driving, the victim looked at the suspect’s face.
The suspect became angry and stopped his motorbike. He took a cleaver from his motorbike saddle and hacked the victim, causing serious injuries to his head and forehead.
“During police questioning, the suspect confessed that he was angry at the victim for looking at his face while he was driving,” Capt Thy said.
After hacking the victim, the suspect fled on his motorbike. The victim was rescued by villagers and was sent to Sa’ang district health centre for treatment.
Cap Thy said that the suspect was arrested at about 9pm at his house in Rokar Khpos commune. Police seized a cleaver from him.
Cap Thy said the suspect was accused by police of acts of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and could be jailed for up to two years if convicted.
He was detained last night at the district police station and will be sent to Kandal provincial court for questioning today.