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Acid attacker should get life in prison, says the mother of victim

The mother of the victim of an acid attack in Koh Kong province on Saturday filed a complaint to Mondul Seima district police yesterday requesting that they arrest the suspect and she also demanded US$5,000 in compensation.

Heng Sokha, 57, the mother of 29-year-old victim Kim Leng, said she had lodged the complaint against her daughter’s 42-year-old fiancé after the suspect allegedly doused Kim Leng in acid following an argument before fleeing the scene.

Kim Leng’s three-year-old son was also injured in the attack.

“I want police to arrest the suspect to condemn him to life in prison. If he is freed, my daughter may be in danger because he could take revenge,” Heng Sokha said, adding that she wanted compensation
in order to pay for her daughter’s treatment.

Attack victim Kim Leng told The Post yesterday that her fiancé had thrown acid on her because she had ended their engagement.

She said she had been injured on her neck and ears, and that her body was also wounded. There were also small burns on her face, which doctors had said could be cured.

“My skin has been burned black. It will likely not be as beautiful as normal. I hope that the [Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity] will help treat me [so that I can] make a living to feed my children and mother,” she said.

Horng Lairapo, medical and legal manager at the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, said he had accepted Kim Leng and her son for treatment after the victim’s family asked the organisation for assistance.

“The first step was to save the victim’s eyes,” Horng Lairapo said. “After that she had medicine for her face, skin, arms and wounded chest,” he said, adding that the victim’s son had also received treatment.

District police chief Nhem Dara said local authorities had found the suspect’s motorbike parked in the province’s Khemarak Pumin town. “Authorities have received the complaint and are hunting for the suspect,” he said.



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