Volleyball Game Leads to Samurai Sword Killing

A 25-year-old man was killed on Tuesday and his 21-year-old brother seriously injured after a fight broke out following a volleyball game in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City, according to police.

Chhuk Savuth, 20, killed Pov Sila with a samurai-style sword after he was involved in a fight with the victim’s brother Rath Bunnarong during a volleyball game in Poipet commune, according to city police chief Um Sophal.

“The two men were playing volleyball together during the afternoon and after a dispute they had a fight that caused the suspect to become angry and hold a personal grudge,” Mr. Sophal said.

After several hours brooding over the clash, about 8:30 p.m., Mr. Savuth went to Mr. Bunnarong’s house brandishing a samurai sword and attacked him with the blade. When his brother, Pov Sila, grabbed a knife and tried to defend his sibling, the suspect turned the sword on him slashing him repeatedly across the head and body, according to Mr. Sophal.

The family of the victims rushed the brothers to the hospital but Pov Sila’s injuries were so severe he was sent to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh and died of blood loss on the way.

“One of the victims, Pov Sila, bled to death en route to Phnom Penh…the other victim, Rath Bunnarong, suffered a few deep knife cuts on the body and was brought to a private clinic in Poipet City,” said Horm Morth, commander of the military police in Poipet.

The suspect, Mr. Savuth, was injured on the arm during the attack and went to the hospital for treatment but he fled about 1 a.m. after finding out that one of his victims had died.

“Doctors said that the patient had checked in with an injury to his left arm but later escaped and they did not know where he went,” said Mr. Moth, adding that military police were currently searching for him.

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