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Domestic violence sparks revenge killing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

A 56-year-old drunk farmer was hacked to death by his son who lashed out with a knife in anger over his father’s domestic violence.

The incident took place on Tuesday at the victim’s house in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teab district.

Captain Koeuth Sophal, chief of the criminal investigation department with the district police, said the father was Sak Mon of Prek Ta Thoek village. He was killed by his eldest son Phal Chhaya, 26.

Cap Sophal said that on the day of murder, the victim, who was a drunkard and who had often beaten his 54-year-old wife when he was drunk, arrived home after drinking rice wine in the village.

The father got into an argument with his wife and beat her with a stick. His daughter, who stayed nearby, intervened on behalf of the mother. The father got angry at the daughter and beat them both.

While this was happening, his son arrived from the farm and also intervened. The father then beat him, too.

“The son was angry at the father over his drunken behaviour and for often beating the mother and children when he was drunk,” Cap Sophal said. “He took a sharp knife and hacked his father on the neck six times, killing him immediately.”

“After killing the father, the son fled with his knife,” he added.

Neighbours reported the killing to police, who are now hunting for the son to bring him to justice.

Police have accused him of intentional murder. He faces up to 15 years if caught and convicted.

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