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Acid victim’s family seeks speedier search for attacker

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San Chenda recovers from the attack in hospital. Facebook

The family of an acid attack victim yesterday urged Takeo provincial authorities to speed up the search for the perpetrator as they are concerned over their safety.

On Wednesday, a man slashed garment worker San Chenda, 23, with a knife and cut her on the left wrist before pouring acid on her face and body in Bati district.

A cousin of the victim, Chem Srey Seang, 33, yesterday said that the family had not yet received any information from the police on the case and her cousin is still undergoing medical treatment in Phnom Penh.

“It has been quiet since the incident and I did not see the police come to ask questions,” she said. “I only heard a rumor that the perpetrator wants to negotiate to end the case by giving $10,000 as compensation but my cousin has refused and asked police to arrest the perpetrator.”

Ms Seang also called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene and get the provincial police to speed up the investigation and arrest the perpetrator because her cousin and family members are concerned about their personal safety.

She claimed that the perpetrator intended to kill her cousin on the day of the incident.

Lieutenant Colonel Khut Lo, district deputy police chief, yesterday said police have yet to identify the attacker and will send the case to the provincial police today.

“We have not yet determined who the perpetrator is because we have not yet received comprehensive information from the victim,” he said.

The victim’s family believes that the attacker is a man named Kub Ha who lives in the same neighbourhood as the victim in Kandung commune.

Srey Sambo, commune chief, said on Friday that Mr Ha had an extramarital affair with Ms Chenda for four years, but she recently decided to split up which enraged him.

“Mr Ha has a wife and they live together, but he also had an affair he kept from her,” he said. “We suspect that he attacked his lover Ms Chenda, because she wanted to ditch him.”

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