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Police detain son for assault on parents, elderly neighbour

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Police officers in Kandal province are questioning 21-year-old Run Dara after he allegedly attacked his parents with a brick. Police

Police detain son for assault on parents, elderly neighbour

Kandal Stung district police officers in Kandal province are questioning 21-year-old Run Dara after he allegedly attacked his parents with a brick, causing serious injuries, and kicked open a door which injured his neighbour on Sunday in Boeung Khyang commune.

Police were alerted to the incident after relatives filed a complaint on the parents’ behalf.

District police chief Men Chanrith identified Dara’s parents as Soem Chenda, 51, and her husband Brok Sarin, 52.

District police will question Dara before deciding to send him to the provincial police office for further action. “If we properly enforce the law, it could deter Dara from committing further acts of violence.

“But if the parents ask us to return the suspect, he would not regret his actions and he won’t stop committing violence. We haven’t checked for drug substances in his urine yet,” Chanrith said.

Commune police chief Pring Ratha told The Post on Monday that according to witnesses and neighbours, Dara is a school dropout and doesn’t have a specific job.

Ratha further quoted them as saying that the suspect regularly drinks alcohol and when inebriated, he often incites family arguments.

According to their accounts, Dara sometimes destroyed property but his parents never reprimanded him because they were afraid that he would destroy more property.

Ratha said Dara had drunk alcohol on the day of the incident and returned home to ask his siblings for money, which they refused.

The suspect then allegedly hit Sarin with a brick while he was sleeping, causing an open wound.

After the initial attack on his father, Dara allegedly hit Chenda, causing injuries to her face and head before she escaped to the neighbour’s house, Ratha said.

“According to his sibling, Dara is always like that when he is drunk,” Ratha said.

He said when Chenda escaped to the neighbour’s house, Dara followed her with an axe and kicked open the kitchen door, which fell on 60-year-old Kim Vanny causing injuries to her face and head.

Police confiscated the axe and are holding it as evidence.

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