Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kandal man held after dousing acid on his infant son

Kandal man held after dousing acid on his infant son

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The suspect, identified as Uk Kompheak, 22 was arrested. Police

Kandal man held after dousing acid on his infant son

A man accused of dousing acid on his infant son in Kandal province's Khsach Kandal district was placed in pre-trial detention at the provincial prison on Friday following his arrest the previous day.

Kandal Provincial Court spokesman Sou Sarin told The Post that the suspect, identified as Uk Kompheak, 22, had been in hiding elsewhere in the province since the incident on January 14 in Sanlong commune's Dul village.

Provincial prosecutor Sou Sovichet said Kompheak had been charged with intentional violence using acid. Investigating Judge Chhe Vivathanak charged him and ordered the suspect detained in prison.

“The suspect was charged on Friday and detained at Kandal prison the same day,” Sarin said.

Khsach Kandal district deputy police chief Un Yong said the victim was only just more than a year old.

After receiving treatment for a week, the child's condition had improved, Yong said, because the acid was not strong. He added that he had not personally seen the child, who had been sent to a private clinic.

“I am not aware of how the infant was injured in the acid attack. However, after the boy had acid thrown at him, his face was [burned] red, but the acid the father used was weak,” he said.

Yong said that after the suspect went into hiding, Kandal provincial police cooperated with a Kampot provincial task force to find and arrest him on Thursday.

He said the suspect lived with his wife, Ra Sreynich, 19, and the victim. Kompheak had a history of domestic violence against Sreynich, Yong said.

He said that on the day of the attack, Sreynich ran away from her husband to stay with her mother in the same village.

Kompheak phoned Sreynich, asking her to come home but, when she refused, he threatened her, Yong said.

He said that later that night, Sreynich was walking on the street with another family member when Kompheak appeared and threw acid on his wife, his son and the relative.

He then escaped on a motorbike, Yong said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • Nestle’s debut may spur dairy market

    Leading confectionery manufacturer Nestle plans to invest in Cambodia by setting up an operation in the near future, a move majorly hailed by local dairy farmers as a means of boosting the fresh milk market in the Kingdom. During a visit by a delegation led

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement