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Can’t stop the music

A wedding band’s refusal to keep playing led to a melee between the quintet and the groom’s father on Sunday, resulting in injury and property damage.

At about 10:30pm, Tith Savorn, the band’s leader, announced they would play five more songs before ending their set, said Major Moeun Sarun, chief of the Samrong district police.

But with the party in full swing, Khat Touch, 45, the groom’s father, asked the band to extend their set to midnight, an hour later than the agreed-upon time.

When band members declined, an angry Touch, along with his brother Khat Buntheng – a military officer who worked at the Artillery Intervention Brigade – began throwing plastic chairs and beer bottles at the band, Sarun said.

“Soon after that, the two parties started beating and throwing the bottles or the cans of beers at each other, causing injury to the five band members,” Sarun said. Touch sustained a cut to the head.

Party guests broke up the fight, and all six were treated and released at a local health clinic.

The five band members are now demanding $5,000 from Touch for their injuries, as well as instruments that were damaged during the fight, Sarun said.

Touch, in turn, claims the band must pay him $3,700 for his injuries and his iPad, which was broken during the fight, Sarun said.

Police are trying to mediate a compromise between Touch and the band, Sarun said. But if they cannot reach a solution, the case will go to Takeo Provincial Court.



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