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Suspect wanted for hacking off friend’s arm

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Police are looking for a jobless man who hacked off a construction worker’s arm after a drunken argument in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.


The violence took place at about 11pm on Tuesday in Srah Chak commune.

Second Lieutenant Mom Thy, a commune police officer, yesterday identified the suspect as Meas Sophea, 35, living in the commune’s Village 1, and the victim as Yos Kunthearak, 36, living in Russey Keo district.

He said that at about 10pm on Tuesday, the suspect and victim drank rice wine in a shop located in a slum area in the commune.

Sec Lt Thy said that they became drank and got into an argument but the shop’s vendor and customers intervened.

He said Mr Kunthearak left the shop and started walking towards his rental house in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune.

Sec Lt Thy said that the suspect gave chase on his motorbike and took out a samurai sword to hack the victim.

“When Mr Kunthearak saw Mr Sophea raising the samurai sword, he used his right arm to block the blow and the arm was severed,” he said. “After hacking the victim, the suspect fled on his motorbike.

Sec Lt Thy said people in the area alerted local police who took Mr Kunthearak to the Calmette Hospital for treatment.

The victim is still in hospital.

Colonel Teang Chansar Daun Penh district police chief, yesterday said that so far police have not arrested the suspect who has gone into hiding.

He added that police know who he is and are looking for him.

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