Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Free two years, ex-con hacks own dad to death



Free two years, ex-con hacks own dad to death

Free two years, ex-con hacks own dad to death

An ex-convict was arrested after hacking his father to death with an axe in Battambang’s Robos Mongkol commune on Wednesday.

According to Mong Russey district police chief Keat Heang, 40-year-old Burng Sok struck his 60-year-old father, Pich Burng, on the back of his head and his face a total of four times with an axe as he slept under their raised wooden hut.

Sok, a former soldier in Battambang, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2002 for shooting his boss to death, and was only released two years ago.

“The mother saw her son attacking his father, but she could not do anything because he was holding an axe,” Heang said.

“She was screaming.”

Heang added that according to Sok’s mother, her son was mentally ill – though no formal diagnosis has ever been made – but had never “caused any trouble because of his illness” or gotten into an argument with his father.

“He did not get any medication for his illness, presumably because they lived in the countryside,” he said, adding that he was unaware if mental illness had been the reason for Sok’s crime two years ago.

Sok was arrested by district police in a forest 3 to 4 kilometres away from his house, where he had fled after the murder.

MOST VIEWED

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration