Couple Charged Over Vendor’s Death Near Factory

A married couple accused of killing a food vendor during a fight over spilled water outside a garment factory has been charged and sent to Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar Prison, Sen Sok district police chief Mok Hong said on Monday.

Loeng Sokra, 37, a sugarcane juice vendor and his wife, Chhorm Nai, 35, who sold fried bananas, were charged with intentional acts of violence that resulted in the death of Chhuon Chantha, Mr. Hong said.

The incident began with an argument outside the factory in Toek Thla commune at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Chhuon Chantha, 34, a food and coffee seller, had approached the pair after Ms. Nai’s sister, who had been cleaning fruit in a basin, spilled the dirty water, which spread toward Chhuon Chantha’s stall, police said.

An argument ensued, and Ms. Nai allegedly threw a knife into Chhuon Chantha’s chest, with her husband also jumping into the fray.

Yim Navuth, the district’s serious crimes police chief, said the couple appeared in Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday morning to face charges and were taken to the prison on Sunday morning.

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