Man charged over fatal brawl in Ratanakkiri

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The accused. Koh Santepheap

Ratanakkiri Provincial Police yesterday said a man was arrested and charged by the provincial court for allegedly killing one of his colleagues and injuring two others during a drunken argument.

Colonel Cheng Bunthoeun, deputy chief of the provincial police, identified the accused as 28-year-old Sah Yousos. He identified the victims as 25-year-old Sok Vath, who was killed, and 22-year-old Phorn Phin and 23-year-old Leng Makara, who were injured.

All four men were friends and worked at the same construction site.

Col Bunthoeun said the accused was charged with intentional murder and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

He noted that on the day in question, the accused and the victims were drinking near their construction site in Chey Odoum commune.

They were drinking from the morning until night and between the four, five litres of wine was consumed.

Col Bunthoeun said the four then began a verbal argument and the victims ridiculed the accused because of his religious faith.

“They called him a Cham Muslim that did not eat pork and had his penis circumcised,” he said, adding that the situation escalated.

“The accused was angry with the victims for ganging up on him ,” Col Cheng Bunthoeun said. “The accused then ran to the construction site and picked up swords. The accused then slashed and stabbed the victims about 10 times, causing serious and fatal injuries.”

He noted that Mr Varth later died at the scene due to injuries to the chest and stomach, while Mr Phin and Mr Makara were rushed to the provincial referral hospital for treatment.

Col Bunthoeun said the accused fled the scene and was later arrested the next day at about 2am. Police confiscated two of the swords from the accused.

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