A Siem Reap Provincial Court investigating judge on Sunday charged six men with premeditated murder after they were arrested for killing a man at an entertainment venue in Siem Reap district’s Slakram commune on August 19.
Provincial court spokesman Yin Srang told The Post on Monday: “These six people were charged by Judge Oung Chanthol under Article 200 of the Criminal Code.”
The six face life imprisonment if found guilty.
Colonel Tha Dalux, the provincial deputy Military Police commander, identified the six suspects as Soeun Sun, 19, from Nokor Thom commune; Soy Nop, 21, from Slakram commune; Soeun Longdy, 18, from Sala Kamroeuk commune; Borey Seiha, 20, from Russey Loak commune; Khorn Khim, 18, from Russey Loak commune; and Hul Samoun, 17, from Svay Dangkum commune.
Sun was believed to have killed the victim, while Nop drove the getaway car.
“These people committed an actual offence by killing the victim. Experts will investigate further,” Dalux said.
He said before the incident at 9:30pm on August 19, about 10 people riding eight motorbikes attacked another group with five members riding three motorbikes.
The victim, Chat Muth, 18, a carpenter from Trapaing Thom commune in Prasat Bakong district, was allegedly attacked with a sword to the neck by Sun and died at the scene. Two of his friends sustained injuries to the head and hand.
After receiving a complaint from the victims’ side, provincial Military Police investigated and said the violence stemmed from a dispute the day before.
The suspects later confessed to the crime and police confiscated three swords, four motorbikes and a gun, he added.