Father charged for slashing son with machete

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The accused Mr Kem Thou. Police

Pusat Provincial Court yesterday charged a 45-year- old man for slashing his 27-year-old son with a machete over a drunken domestic dispute in Veal Veng district.

The incident took place at about 6.30pm on Monday at the house where the family lived, which is located in Bramoy commune’s Bramoy village in Veal Veng district.

Captain Soley Mesar, chief of staff at Veal Veng district police, identified the accused as 45-year-old farmer Kem Thou. The victim was identified as Kem Phos, Mr Thou’s 27-year-old son, who is also a farmer, and lived in the same house.

Cap Mesar said Mr Thou was charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in jail if convicted.

According to police investigation, Mr Thou often drank rice wine and would beat his 43-year-old wife every time he got drunk.

Cap Mesar said on the day of the incident, Mr Thou, who was drunk at the time, got into an argument with his wife and started beating her.

When Mr Thou was beating his wife, Mr Phos arrived home from work and proceeded to intervene and stop his father.

The two men started fighting in front of the house. Mr Thou then took a machete from inside the house and hacked at his son numerous times, seriously injuring his right shoulder and hips.

“The father was angry at his son for stopping him from beating his wife and also for fighting him,” Cap Mesar said. “He then took a machete and hacked at his son many times, seriously injuring his shoulder and hips.”

He noted that afterward, Mr Thou fled the house. He was later arrested by commune police at about 7pm on Monday in the village. Police seized the machete from him and rescued Mr Phos, who was sent to a provincial referral hospital for treatment.

Colonel Theang Leng, chief of Veal Veng district police, said the accused is currently in pre-trial detention at the provincial prison, adding that Mr Phos is still at the hospital recovering from his injuries.

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