Tuol Kork district police in Phnom Penh on Sunday arrested a tuk-tuk driver who attempted to murder a police officer by slashing him repeatedly with two cleavers.
Captain Hour Seng, a district police officer, yesterday identified the suspect as Sok Tha, 26, who was arrested at the Neak Meas market in the district’s Phsar Doeum Kor commune on Sunday at about 3.30pm.
Cap Seng identified the victim as Second Lieutenant Khin Tith, 33, a commune police officer, and noted that he was slashed several times on the head and body, leaving him seriously injured.
Cap Seng said that a few hours before the arrest, police received a complaint from a fruit vendor about an ongoing argument with the suspect. A team led by Sec Lt Tith was sent to the market to investigate the matter.
“But when police entered the shop to ask the suspect about the argument, he took two cleavers and slashed Second Lieutenant Tith several times on head, back and chest,” Cap Seng said. “After slashing him, the suspect managed to flee, but he was arrested later that afternoon.”
Cap Seng said that police seized both cleavers and the victim was rushed to Calmette Hospital, where he is continuing to recover.
District police chief Colonel Hun Sothy said yesterday that the suspect is being detained at the police station for questioning.
“He was preliminarily accused by police of attempted murder and will be sent to the municipal court tomorrow [today],” he said.