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Drunken wedding argument leads to arrest

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused attacked a commune clerk. Koh Santepheap

A farmer in Takeo province was jailed yesterday after he allegedly assaulted a commune clerk at a wedding party who he accused of being corrupt.

Major Ven Sokhon, deputy chief of Samrong district police, identified the suspect as 50-year-old Long Kim, a farmer who lived in the district’s Soeng commune.

Maj Sokhon identified the commune clerk as 39-year-old Sok Saroeun, who works for Boeng Kranh Khang Tboung commune and lives in Ta Sar village.

Maj Sokhon said that according to police investigation, on April 25, Mr Kim approached Mr Saroeun at the Boeng Kranh Khang Tboung commune office to have his land title attested.

He said Mr Saroeun refused to do so without receiving a bribe from Mr Kim, who did not have the money to have his document processed.

Mr Kim and Mr Saroeun then started arguing at the commune office. Moments later, Mr Kim left the commune office.

Maj Sokhon said that last week, the two attended a villager’s wedding party, and they sat close to each other.

Tension between the two men flared and resentment turned into animosity as alcoholic beverages were served.

By 9pm, both men were arguing again. Mr Kim then accused Mr Saroeun of being a corrupt official for demanding a bribe in the month before.

“During the argument, the suspect, who was angry with the victim for not attesting his land, took a piece of bamboo and hit the victim’s head, causing him to go unconscious,” Maj Sokhon said.

He noted that after the incident, the suspect fled the scene and returned home, while the victim was sent to hospital by his friends.

Maj Sokhon said Mr Kim was arrested the next day and was charged by the provincial court with intentional acts of violence. If convicted, Mr Kim could be jailed for up to five years.

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