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Soldier and tuk-tuk driver nabbed over assault

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The gun used in the assault. Rasmei News

Police in Por Senchey district on Sunday night arrested a military officer who threatened to shoot a mini-bus driver before assaulting him following a parking dispute.

Police also arrested a tuk-tuk driver who helped him assault the victim.

Captain Seng Sophal, a district police officer, identified the suspects as Major Kim Pich, 49, and Suon Sopheak, 20, both living in Chom Chao III commune. He identified the victim as Chhorn Neangvai, 36, from Takeo province.

Cap Sophal said that at about 8.20pm on Sunday, Mr Neangvai parked his bus along a street in Sen Sok district after dropping off ten Chinese passengers who went to have dinner.

He said that after about ten minutes, Maj Pich drove his SUV to the spot and ordered Mr Neangvai to move his bus.

Cap Sophal said that the accused told the victim that it was his usual parking spot.

One of the accused in police custody. Rasmei News

He said Mr Neangvai refused to move his vehicle because it was a public spot and both men started arguing.

Cap Sophal said that Maj Pich then took out his gun, pointed it at the victim and threatened to kill him.

“Maj Pich was angry with Mr Neangvai for not moving his bus from the spot where he parks his SUV every night,” he said. “He started punching the victim several times.”

Cap Sophal said that Mr Sopheak, a friend of Maj Pich, had parked his tuk-tuk nearby and joined the assault, hitting the victim several times on the head and causing him to become unconscious.

He added that while Mr Sopheak was beating the victim, commune police on patrol intervened and arrested both men before sending the victim to hospital where he is still being treated.

Colonel Khim Sarann, district police chief, yesterday said that the two men are accused of intentional acts of violence and will be sent to the court today.

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