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Groom in court for killing guest at wedding

Groom in court for killing guest at wedding

A bridegroom and two of his accomplices were sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday and Thursday after being arrested for allegedly killing a guest at his wedding reception on Sunday in Prek Pnov commune in the capital’s Prek Pnov district.

Municipal court spokesman Kuch Kimlong told The Post on Thursday that the 24-year-old groom was still being questioned. “We have not taken further action yet,” he said.

Prek Pnov commune police chief Tim Putheara said before the incident, a guest invited by the bride became angry with the bridegroom’s family, leading to a heated argument that briefly ended after other guests intervened.

A short while later, their argument continued and a fight broke out. Putheara said the enraged groom, his father, brother and two other accomplices then hacked the guest, El San, with an axe. San was hospitalised but later succumbed to his serious head injuries.

“We did not arrive at the scene on time. Witnesses said the suspects used an axe to attack the victim, but we could not find it,” he said.

Putheara said police initially sent only the groom and two accomplices to court, as his father and brother also sustained injuries and had since been sent to a hospital in Vietnam. He said police were looking for more suspects amid the ongoing investigation.

He denied that police intentionally released other suspects involved in the case.

Prek Pnov district police chief Chin Kimthuy could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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