Sihanoukville police will send a Chinese national to Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Tuesday after the suspect was arrested in the city on Sunday night for assaulting and stabbing a fellow national outside a hotel.
Sihanoukville city police chief Phol Posda told The Post on Monday that the suspect will be sent to the provincial police on Tuesday after being questioned for beating up his countryman, seriously injuring the latter.
“The conflict originated through Facebook chats between the two men. They had a disagreement and the suspect ordered his ‘friend’ to meet him for a fight,” Posda said.
He said the suspect confessed that he and the victim were friends who had been chatting with each other on Facebook Messenger.
While exchanging messages, Posda said, the two men had a disagreement which they apparently could not let lie. After that, the suspect arranged for a meeting between himself and the victim, who was ordered to meet the suspect for a fight near a hotel located in Mittapheap district’s Commune III in Sihanoukville. Once there, the two came to blows.
Posda said during the confrontation, the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife, seriously injuring him. Police intervened quickly and the victim was sent to the emergency room at Preah Sihanouk provincial referral hospital, while the suspect was arrested.
A Ministry of Interior report released last month said that at least 241 Chinese nationals were detained in the first three months of this year.
The statistics indicate that Chinese nationals stand at first place in the number of foreigners arrested, surpassing Vietnamese, Thai, South Korean and US nationals.
The report said that during the first quarter of this year – from December 20 last year to March 19 – foreigners committed 82 offences across the capital and 11 provinces.
A total of 341 people from 20 nationalities were detained for committing 20 types of offences. Chinese nationals committed 241 offences followed by Vietnamese (49), Thais (926), South Koreans (four) and Americans (three).