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Son slays homeless cripple

Accused caught victim in bed with his mother.

A 25-YEAR-OLD restaurant worker severely beat a homeless one-legged man on Saturday after finding the man in bed with his mother in Phsar Deoum Thkov commune, Chamkarmon district, deputy commune police chief Chhoun Thy told the Post Tuesday.

The one-legged man, identified as Chhorn Sarin, 46, died of his injuries in Calmette Hospital on Sunday.

Chhoun Thy identified the accused as Reach Vuthy, who works at a riverside restaurant on Sisowath Quay. He said Reach Vuthy became enraged when he walked in on the crippled man and his mother sleeping together at midnight Saturday.

"I do not think the offender was trying to kill him," Chhoun Thy said. "He was angry when he saw the crippled man sleeping with his mother, and so he took it out on the crippled man and beat him."

He said Reach Vuthy was being held by police in Chamkarmon district and that the case had been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Phsar Doeum Thkov Commune Chief Thoung Chhorn described the street on which the beating occurred as "anarchic".

"We try to educate them, but they live on an anarchic block and know nothing about morality or respecting each other," he said.

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