A man was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for attempted murder on Sunday after allegedly dousing his male former lover with acid, Chamkarmon deputy police chief Heang Tharet told The Post.
The 23-year-old victim suffered burns to his face and chest in the attack in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang II commune. A 35-year-old man was arrested shortly after.
The victim was taken to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment.
Boeung Keng Kang II commune police chief Uon Ratanak said the suspect launched the attack after the victim refused to rekindle their affair.
The suspect, working as a hairdresser and living as a woman, had a three-year relationship with his victim.
The suspect paid for a rented room for the victim and gave him money. When the victim eventually found work he ended the relationship, Fresh News reported.
The suspect repeatedly requested a meeting in an attempt to continue the relationship, but the victim refused. The suspect then bought more than $100 worth of acid.
He put acid in a water bottle and took a motodop to the victim’s place of work at a Boeung Keng Kang II hotel and requested they meet.
The victim eventually agreed and went to meet the suspect outside the hotel, where he was attacked.
Police witnessed the attack take place and immediately arrested the suspect.