Teens charged over stabbing monk

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
One of the accused teens after his arrest. Supplied

Two teenagers were yesterday charged by the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court with intentional acts of violence for stabbing their grandfather, the chief of a pagoda, while attempting to rob him.

According to police, the incident occurred on August 25 at the at Koh Thkov Pagoda in Chulkiri district’s Koh Thkov commune.

At about 11.30pm, the two teens, identified as Suon Channa, 18, and Soun Thathai, 14, attempted to rob Venerable Yim Nim, said Veng Kong, deputy chief of Chulkiri district police.

“They were both charged by the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court prosecutor with intentional act of violence with aggravating circumstances,” Mr Kong said. The pair were arrested on Thursday.

“But among the two of them, the suspect named Soun Thathai was allowed by the court’s investigative judge to stay out of detention because he is a minor,” he added. “The other suspect has been sent to prison.”

Yoeun Sareth, a police officer with Koh Thkov commune police, said that on the night of the attempted robbery, the two suspects ambushed their grandfather, demanding that he reveal where he stored his cash.

When Venerable Yim Nim refused and yelled for help, they stabbed him in the ribs and fled, said Mr Sareth.

“After stabbing him, the suspects fled the pagoda without getting any money,” he added. Mr Sareth said that after hearing the yells of Venerable Yim Nim, other monks woke up and came to his aid, transporting him to a hospital where he was treated and survived.

Venerable Yim Nim has since returned to his duties at the pagoda.

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