Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a farmer with manslaughter after a man was electrocuted near a communal rice field.
Major Chan Kimseng, deputy chief of Lvea Em district police, identified the accused as Chhoum Mara, a farmer who lived in Barong commune’s Khnor Roka village.
Maj Kimseng identified the victim as 19-year-old garment factory worker Broem Mengseang from the same village.
He said if convicted, the accused could be jailed for up to three years and fined up to about $1,600.
Maj Kimseng said the accused was arrested by district police on Sunday.
He said the accused had set up electric fencing around the communal rice field in order to catch rats.
Maj Kimseng noted that at about 11am on Sunday, the accused powered the electrical fencing and left for lunch.
Shortly after, the victim came to the rice paddy in order to catch fish.
“As the victim was walking, he stepped on the electrical wiring,” Maj Kimseng said. “He was electrocuted, and he died at the scene.”
He said that the body of the victim was discovered by a villager at about 12.30pm.
After police were alerted, the accused was arrested at his home at about 2pm.
Maj Kimseng said during interrogation at the district police station, the accused noted that he did not intend to harm anyone.