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Six men charged with violence over fatal sword fight

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The fight started after a dance floor argument. Supplied

Six suspects were yesterday charged by the municipal court with intentional acts of violence over a sword fight sparked by a dance floor argument that resulted in the death of one man and injured several others.

The fight occurred on Monday at about 12.30am at a party in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Seng Savuth, a Sen Sok district police officer, identified those charged as Leng Sorphoan, 32; Kheng Chantha, 37; Than Dannak, 17. These three were charged with intentional act of violence causing death.

The other suspects charged, who were fighting the first trio charged, were identified as Prak Socheath, 16; Nong Dara, 17; and Sim Hoeuy, 23. They were charged with intentional act of violence.

Mr Savuth said that, the two groups of suspects were attending a Christamas dance party in Khmuonh commune when the fight broke out.

He said that while dancing, the two groups got into an argument with each other over a girl that they wanted to dance with. They then started fighting.

“At first, they started fighting each other using their fists,” he said.“Later on, they ran to take swords from their homes and began cutting each other and caused a 21-year-old to die and a 19-year-old to suffer serious injuries.”

“After fighting with each other, they all fled,” he added.

He said they were arrested by district police over the following two days in Sen Sok village.

After their arrests, police confiscated swords and sticks from the suspects.

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