An employer who stands accused of beating her maid using a stick and the back of a meat cleaver will be summonsed by police in Kandal today for questioning, local officials have said.
Son Leanghou, 57, a brick kiln owner, is accused of beating 28-year-old Sok Kear, one of the staff working in her household, on Saturday.
Kear immediately filed a complaint with local police.
Leanghou will be summonsed for questioning today by police in Muk Kampoul district’s Prek Anhchanh commune, commune police chief Som Saphal said.
“I have already arranged a document related to the case, and I will file the case and send it to court. Tomorrow, I will call her in for questioning,” he said.
In her complaint, Sok Kear requested 500,000 riel ($125) in compensation for the back and arm injuries she suffered.
Police tried to find Leanghou at her home yesterday but were told she was at her husband’s family home in a different commune, he said, adding that the accused had to be questioned about the facts before a report could be made.
Although both the accused and the alleged victim would be called in for questioning as part of a potential criminal case, the authorities would push for a compromise if one of them requested it, Saphal said.
Sok Kear was originally hired as a household cook and cleaner on a salary of 250,000 riel per month.
She was allegedly taken into a room and beaten by an enraged Leanghou after she refused to carry out work at a different location.
Leanghou was already summonsed once by commune police on August 17, but did not show up.
Leanghou could not be reached for comment.