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‘Beating’ of driver led to death: family

‘Beating’ of driver led to death: family

The family of a truck driver and garment worker who died yesterday morning after allegedly being beaten by a security guard over a parking dispute at the Quint Major Industrial factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district appealed for justice yesterday.

But police said they determined that Sok Kinin, 25, had died from “apoplexy” resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Sim Heang, 53, Kinin’s mother, said her son had pulled up at the factory as usual at about 6pm on Monday evening to collect workers at the end of their shift.

However, on this day, security guards at the factory allegedly approached Kinin and ordered him to leave the area because he was causing congestion.

“I don’t know what happened to my son, because he went straight to sleep when he returned home from work without telling me. But my other son, who was with Kinin, told me the security guards beat him and shocked him with an electric baton,” she said.

Heang added that she found her son dead in his room at about 12:40am yesterday morning.

Sok Yangkou, Kinin’s 16-year-old brother who was in the truck when the alleged attack took place, said five security guards had taken part in the beating and used an electric baton to apply shocks to Kinin’s head and shoulder.

Yangkou said that Kinin exited the truck to explain to the guards that he would only be parked for a short time.

“After that, they had an argument and the guards called to their colleagues and they beat my brother.

He tried to escape and hide in the truck, but they followed him and used their electric baton to shock my brother on the neck,” he added.

A worker at the factory who witnessed the alleged attack backed up the family’s claims yesterday, although the QMI employee stressed that she was not qualified to judge whether the beating had caused Kinin’s death.

Mean Samnang, the district police chief, said that he had yet to receive a formal complaint from the victim’s family.

“The authorities already examined the dead body and we found that he died from apoplexy,” he said, adding that if a complaint was filed he would investigate.

Hin Soklina, a spokesman for the factory, declined to comment.


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