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Farmer charged with hacking father dead

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused with police after his arrest. CEN

Kampot Provincial Court yesterday charged a 42-year-old-farmer who allegedly hacked his father dead after drinks in Banteay Meas district on Monday.

Colonel Kim Vuthy, provincial major crimes department deputy chief, identified the accused as Minh Leap, living in Trapaing Sela commune, and the victim as Minh Lok, 69, also farmer who lived next door to him.

He said the accused was charged with intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He was arrested by commune police on Monday.

Col Vuthy said that at about 8pm on Monday, Mr Leap and his father drank about two litres of rice wine at Mr Lok’s house.

He said both became drunk and started arguing.

During the argument, Mr Lok slapped his son on the face several times and Mr Leap ran back to his house, returned with an axe and hacked his father to death.

“The son was angry with the father for cursing him and beating him while they were drunk,” Col Vuthy said. “He then took a big axe and hacked his father several times on the head, causing him to die on the spot.”

He noted that after killing his father, the accused fled to hide inside his house.

Col Vuthy said his mother told commune police about the killing and Mr Leap was arrested at about 11pm in his house.

He added that after his arrest, police seized an axe from the accused and sent him to the district police headquarters for questioning.

Mr Leap is now in prison pending trial.

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