Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged three men who allegedly killed a youth and injured another man following an argument in the province’s Sa’ang district.
Captain Soy Saravoan, district police chief of staff, identified the accused as Kan Sambath, 25, a motorbike repairer; Veth Chantha, 18, a farmer; and Thoeun Sokthet, 19, a garment worker.
He noted that all three live in the district’s Prek Kuoy commune where the murder took place at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.
Cap Saravoan said that two other men still at large were also involved in the murder and identified them as Yoeun Vin, 21, a construction worker; and Khom Kheang, 18, a farmer.
He identified the victims as Phim Da, 17, a farmer who was killed; and Koeun Keo, 21, who was seriously hurt and is still recovering from his injuries at the provincial referral hospital.
Cap Saravoan said that according to witnesses, about two weeks before the murder the five men had an argument with another group while drinking in the commune’s Ta Nou village.
He said that the victims were with two other men and threw bricks at the five men, causing one of them to be injured.
Cap Saravoan noted that after throwing the bricks, the victims’ group fled on their motorbikes.
He said that on Tuesday the accused and the other two men sought revenge and rode their motorbikes around the village hoping to find the four men who attacked them.
Cap Saravoan noted that they spotted Mr Da and Mr Keo riding their motorbikes along a road and gave chase.
“The accused were angry with the victims over the previous attack which injured one of them,” he said. “They chased after them and hit their motorbikes causing the victims to fall.”
“The victims got up and started to run so the accused threw bricks and stones at them, causing injuries,” Cap Saravoan added.
He noted that villagers spotted the injured victims lying on the road and alerted police who sent them to the provincial referral hospital.
Cap Saravoan said Mr Da died on the way to hospital.
He added that the accused were arrested at about 9am in the village the next day.
Major Sar Piseth, a provincial police officer, said the accused are charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and face up to 15 years in jail each if convicted.
He noted that Mr Vin and Mr Kheang were also charged in absentia and the investigating judge issued warrants for their arrests.