Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged two men over their involvement in a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured earlier this month in Banan district.
The shooting took place on August 5 at about 11.30pm in Kraper Village, Phnom Sampov commune.
Major General Cheath Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, identified the two men as Bun Ponlork, a university student, and Huon Veasna, a car mechanic. They were both charged with murder and could face up to 15 years if convicted.
The two were sent to prison pending trial.
Maj Gen Vanny said that on August 5, Mr Veasna and Mr Ponlork were in a in an SUV, chasing an ice truck driven by the Pich Pisar, the victim.
Mr Pisar was accompanied by his co-workers Heng Chetra and Bou Chanthy, he added.
Maj Gen Vanny said that Mr Veasna and Mr Ponlork accused Mr Chetra and his co-workers of attempting to flee the scene of an accident involving both cars.
After successfully stopping the ice truck, the two accused demanded compensation for their damaged vehicle.
The victims denied ever getting involved in an accident with the accused and refused to compensate the damages and an argument ensued.
“During the argument, the gunman Bun Ponlork, took a pistol and fired two bullets aimed at Mr Pisar and fired three bullets at the other workers,” Maj Gen Vanny said. “After shooting the victims, [both men] fled the scene of the crime.”
Mr Pisar died at the scene, while Mr Chetra and Mr Chanthy were injured.
Mr Veasna and Mr Ponlork fled to Thailand and were later apprehended by Thai police on Thursday.
On Thursday, the men were handed back to Cambodian authorities in Battambang.