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Man charged over fatal stabbing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused claims he was acting in self defence. DAP News

Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged a man for allegedly stabbing a security guard to death following a dispute at a dance to mark Pchum Ben in Thala Borivath district on Friday.

Major Huon Chamroeun, deputy district police chief, identified the accused as Sann Thi, 23, a farmer living in the district’s Kaing Cham commune.

He noted that Mr Thi is charged with committing intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances.

Maj Chamroeun identified the victim as Oeun Phoeun, 37, a village security guard in the commune’s Kaing Cham village.

He noted that at about 9.30pm on Friday, the accused and five friends were drunk and went to attend a dance at the Kaing Cham pagoda in the village.

Maj Chamroeun said that during the dance, Mr Thi and his friends got into an argument with a group of seven youths for allegedly stepping on their feet while dancing.

He noted that the youths were also drunk and both sides started trading punches and kicks.

Maj Chamroeun said that Mr Phoeun, who was responsible for security at the dance, intervened to separate the two groups.

“The accused, who was angry with the other party for beating him and his friends, thought that the victim was holding him so that the youths could continue beating him,” he said. “He then stabbed the victim with a vegetable knife several times in the stomach, causing serious injuries.”

Maj Chamroeun noted that a local policeman, who was called in by the pagoda chief monk, took Mr Phoeun by motorbike to the provincial referral hospital but he died along the way.

He said that the accused was arrested later that night and police seized the vegetable knife from him.

A provincial police officer said yesterday that during his interrogation, Mr Thi admitted to stabbing the victim.

“He confessed that he stabbed Mr Phoeun because he thought he was holding him for the others to beat him,” he said. “He said that to defend himself, he stabbed the victim but did not intend to kill him.”

The officer noted that the accused is now in jail pending trial and faces up to 15 years if convicted.

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