Pursat Provincial Court yesterday charged the leader of a gang for allegedly using machetes during a fight with a rival gang in Pursat city on Monday.
Major Veng Sokhan, city deputy police chief, identified the accused as Doeun Anun, 18, a farmer living in Phateash Prey commune.
He noted that Mr Anun is charged with unauthorised possession of weapons and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.
Maj Sokhan said that at about 9.30pm on Monday, the accused and eight gang members got into an argument with seven members of the other gang over drinks in the commune.
He noted that both groups then started trading punches and kicks for about five minutes before they were separated by villagers who witnessed the fracas.
Maj Sokhan said Mr Anun was angry that his group had been losing the fight and went to his house to get two machetes before returning to attack members of the other group who were unarmed.
He noted that the unarmed men managed to flee and police arrested Mr Anun later that night.
“He was angry that his group was defeated in the fight,” Maj Sokhan said. “He then ran to his house to get the machetes and returned to hack the others.”
“However, they managed to flee when they saw that he was coming back armed with the weapons,” he noted.
Maj Sokhan said that after his arrest, police seized both machetes from him and later seized two more from his house.
He noted that police are now seeking to arrest the members of both gangs for creating insecurity and public disorder in the commune.