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Double dose of patricide a first

Two grisly incidents of patricide over the past week had rocked Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town, authorities said yesterday.

“Both of these killings were incidents of domestic violence. It is the first time I have seen such cases in Bavet,” Suos Sarin, chief of the minor crimes department, told the Post.

On Monday night in Bati  commune, 20-year-old Thanh Chamrouen allegedly hacked his father to death with a metal cleaver.

Bavet town police officer Sor Chantha said Thanh Chamrouen allegedly committed the murder in a jealous rage when his father intervened in a petty argument he was having with his brother.

According to reports, the accused and his father continued to quarrel later in the evening.

Details of events after 11pm are unclear, but Sor Chantha confirmed that on Tuesday morning, the father was found dead in a pool of blood 150 metres from his home.

Police are searching for Thanh Chamroeunm, who fled the scene.

Meanwhile, on Sunday night, a 23-year-old construction worker allegedly killed his father with a fence post.

Suos Sarin said that the incident occurred when Minh Samnang had returned home drunk and begun arguing with his stepmother, allegedly pushing her to the ground.

When his father intervened and attacked him, Minh Samnang reportedly burst into a fit of rage and, grabbing a nearby fence post, hit his father in the head.

The father was sent to Calmette Hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning from his injuries.

“The son did not want to kill the father, but he was furious at his father and couldn’t control his anger,” Sous Sarin said.

Minh Samnang was charged by the provincial court yesterday, provincial prosecutor Hing Bunchea said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phak Seangly at phak.seangly@phnompenhpost.com

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