Tboung Khmum provincial police on Sunday arrested a family of three suspected of murdering a 23-year-old farmer and injuring another victim.
Major Noun Theng, district deputy police chief, identified the suspects as 55-year-old Loek Ravy, along with her sons, 35-year-old Ngin Ngoun and 33-year-old Ngin Ngon. The three suspects are farmers living in Krek commune.
The victims were identified as 23-year-old Chhoeun Sophaneth, and his father, 52-year-old Suth Sothea, also farmers from the same commune as the suspects.
Maj Theng said the victims and the suspects live in neighbouring houses. He added that at about 1am on Sunday, a stone was thrown at the suspects’ house that subsequently woke them up.
Maj Theng said Ms Ravy and her sons suspected that their neighbours, who they have had a long-standing conflict with, were the ones who threw the stone.
The neighbouring families got into an argument until about 10.30am, when the two parties agreed to settle the issue at a village chief’s house in the commune.
“While the two parties were settling their problem in front of the house of the village chief, they began arguing again,” Maj Theng said. “They continued fighting even after the village chief tried to intervene and stop them from fighting.”
Maj Theng said that during the fight, Mr Ngun took a knife and stabbed Mr Sophaneth and Mr Sothea several times, causing serious injuries. The other two suspects also assisted him in the fight.
Maj Theng stated that Mr Sophaneth died at the scene due to serious injuries while his father was taken to the hospital for treatment.
He added that the suspects were arrested later that day, when police confiscated the knife from them.
A police officer working with the provincial general crimes department, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that the suspects are accused of murder and intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances.
“They face up to 15 years each in jail if convicted,” he said.
He added that the suspects will be sent to Tboung Khmum Provincial Court for questioning today.