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Four tried for alleged beatings

Four tried for alleged beatings

Four relatives were questioned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they conspired to beat and threaten to kill a woman in the capital two years ago.

Judge Heng Sokna said that Dav Sok Chamroeun, 34; his brother-in-law Um Malen, 35; Hem Thanh, Chamroeun’s 55-year-old mother; and Em Srey Mach, 34, Chamroeun’s wife, allegedly attacked and threatened to kill Prum Reaksa in Por Sen Chey district in September 2013.

The family was reportedly angry after their father, Dav Song Heng, left their mother for the younger Reaksa, who was staying at the house of her friend, Song Srey Nem, who was also injured in the attack.

“Hem Thanh was angry with her husband for bringing his young wife to eat dinner near her son’s house. She called her children to beat [them],” Sokna said. “They beat both Song Srey Nem and Prum Reaksa. They also threatened to kill both of them.”

The four suspects have denied the allegations, but they did admit to arguing with Reaksa and Srey Nem on the night in question.

Verdicts in the case are expected on September 29.

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