Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a farmer who allegedly hacked a female beer vendor who refused to let him drink on credit in Oral district on Sunday.
Captain Sok Bunthoeun, district general crimes department deputy chief, identified the accused as Ngeth Do, 31, living in Reasmey Samakki commune’s Peam village and the victim as Choeum Tha, 41, who also lives in the village.
He said Mr Do was charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in jail if convicted. He was arrested on Sunday and is now in prison pending trial.
Cap Bunthoeun said that at 6.30 pm on Sunday, the accused bought and paid for a case of 24 cans of beer at the victim’s shop. He said Mr Do went home and finished all the cans while drinking with a friend.
Cap Bunthoeun said that at about 9.30pm, Mr Do went back to Ms Tha’s shop and asked her to give him another case of beer on credit. He said the victim refused and both started arguing before Ms Tha evicted the accused from her shop.
Cap Bunthoeun said Mr Do was angry and went home to take a cleaver from his house which was about 100 meters from the shop. He said the accused returned to the shop and hacked Ms Tha, injuring her right eye and head.
“He was drunk and became angry with the victim for not giving him the beer on credit,” Cap Bunthoeun said. “He then hacked her several times with the cleaver and caused serious injuries.”
“The victim fled from the attack and sought intervention from our commune police who sent her to the provincial referral hospital for treatment,” he added.
Cap Bunthoeun noted that the accused fled the shop to hide in his house but was arrested at about 10pm by commune police. After his arrest, police seized a cleaver from him.
He added that during his interrogation, Mr Do admitted committing the offence, saying that he was angry with the victim for not giving him beers on credit although he had bought and paid for beers the first time.