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Police hunt jealous knife attack boyfriend

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A file photo shows suspects holding a knife used in an attack. Supplied

Police are hunting for a man who left his 20-year-old girlfriend with serious injuries after slashing her throat and hands with a knife.

The victim Keo Leakhena was attacked at the couple’s rental property in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district in the early hours of yesterday morning.

District police officer Kong Chantha identified the suspect as 25-year-old Seav Fong, a computer repair technician, who is still at large.

He said the couple had been out drinking on Monday night with five other young people who lived in the Treal 2 Village area.

During the evening, the victim allegedly sat close and talked to one of the men in the group.

The pair left and went home at about midnight, after which the suspect became angry and accused the victim of having an affair with the other man. She denied the allegations but he refused to believe her.

“The suspect thought she had betrayed him,” Mr Chantha said. “He took a cleaver and attempted to kill her by cutting her throat, hands and fingers, causing serious injuries. He then fled from the scene.”

Ms Leakhena was rescued by neighbours after she shouted for help and was sent to hospital for treatment.

Meanchey district police chief Teng Sinom said the suspect was yet to be arrested but forces are attempting to track him down.

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