Police in Chamkar Morn district arrested 35 year-old Lach Sophorn, who is suspected of spewing acid onto the face and chest of his 23 year-old lover, Khun Kosal.
The police report that the incident occurred in Beung Keng Kang 2 commune, Chamkar Morn district, on Friday night, March 15. The suspect was arrested at the scene of the crime immediately after the police arrived, which was at around 8:30pm, and taken to the police station for interrogation. The victim was sent to hospital for treatment of his acid burns.
Apparently the two had had a tiff and separated. Mr Sophorn met with Mr Kosal to sort things out and have him move back in. When Mr Sophorn’s request was denied he spewed acid onto the victim in a fit of anger.
This is the second acid attack that Khmer Times has reported; the other attack was in Takeo province’s Bati district in late February, whereby the victim suffered serious injuries. The suspect is still at large, and Bati district police chief, Colonel Ngann Sari, told Khmer Times on Thursday that the suspect has most likely fled overseas.