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Acid attack suspect to appear in courtroom

The suspect in the first acid attack in Cambodia this year is scheduled to appear in Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, after she burned the face and body of a woman she believed to be romantically involved with her husband.

Sroeun Nann, 40, will face a charge of attempted murder, after she admitted to dousing victim Meas Vanny, 20 – a co-worker of her husband – with strong acid in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Friday evening, said Chea Sovan, director of the Justice Department at Por Sen Chey district police.

“[Nann] admitted to police officers that she poured acid on the victim, because she was angry at her after her husband told her that he had a new wife who worked as a security guard with him [at Ho Hsin Tai shoe factory],” Sovan said. “He left his wife about two months ago to live with his new partner.”

Nann allegedly drove by Vanny at about 6:30am on Friday, and asked her where she worked, Sovan said. When Vanny answered that she was a security guard at Ho Hsin Tai, Nann threw acid on her.

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