Authorities in Palin provincial town arrested a 21-year-old man yesterday morning following a violent robbery in the town’s Boyakha commune.
On Friday night, Chhean Sokny, 26, and her 3-year-old daughter were allegedly robbed and brutalised with an axe by suspect Beun Mai, sustaining serious head injuries, according to Boyakha commune police chief Chor Manh. Both survived, and were taken to Battambang Provincial Hospital.
The victim’s husband, Leng Lai, 36, was at a neighbour’s wedding when the attack occurred. He said that at around 10pm, he returned and saw the gate was open. He called his wife to open the door, but she didn’t answer.
“I walked to another door behind the house and I saw that door was opened, so I rushed in. I saw a bloody blanket, and beneath it, my wife and daughter were tied-up, injured and unconscious,” Lai said.
Local authorities launched an investigation and arrested Mai, who also lives in the village and is now being interrogated by police. However, the attacker had been masked at the time, and Lai is unable to verify the perpetrator’s identity.