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Man arrested close to two years after he maimed victim

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Kub Pha (left) was arrested almost two years after he attacked San Chenda (right), leaving her without a left hand. National Police

Man arrested close to two years after he maimed victim

An almost two-year manhunt ended on Saturday when National Police forces arrested 43-year-old Kub Pha in Samlot district’s O’ Samril commune in Battambang province for attacking a woman with a cleaver and pouring acid on her in February last year.

The victim, San Chenda, lost her left hand in the attack, which occurred in Bati district’s Kandoeng commune in Takeo province. Pha, who is from Kandoeng, spent time hiding from authorities in Pailin, Pursat and Battambang provinces after fleeing Takeo.

Pha was initially charged with attempted murder by the Takeo Provincial Court on April 18, this year, under Articles 27 and 199 of the Criminal Code and sentenced to 14 years in prison in absentia. A warrant was first issued for his arrest on April 8, this year.

He was arrested on Saturday in Samlot district’s O’Samril commune in Battambang province in a joint effort with the National Police, Pailin provincial police and Battambang provincial police.

The Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Police Department chief, Ngeng Chou said on Monday that department experts sent Phas to Takeo Provincial Court on Sunday.

The Post could not find contact information for Chenda, who is also from Kandoeng commune.

According to a National Police report, Phas attacked Chenda on February 27, last year, after the two had a verbal disagreement.

Phas will begin serving his sentence from Saturday, when he was arrested.

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