Four construction workers were arrested Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district for beating four members of a family, including a 66-year-old woman, after they complained over where the workers had built a wall, authorities said Monday.
The conflict erupted between the neighboring households in the increasingly plush Tuol Kok district when home owner Luy Chamroeun, described as a military official, was angered by his neighbors who complained that a wall he was having built pushed into his neighbor’s property to a depth of 1.8 meters, said Vann Sareth, chief of Boeng Kak 2 commune.
Deputy district police chief Phoeuk Sothy said the four men confessed that they beat the victims after being ordered to do so by Luy Chamroeun.
One of the victims, In Leakhena, 33, claimed that along with breaking her nose, the men beat her mother Ham Pak, 66, and her sister In Leap, 31. She also claimed that the men choked her 34-year-old brother-in-law Phom Sok Phana, with barbed wire.
“We were dragged into the villa’s compound and beaten up,” she said.
Luy Chamroeun could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Huoth Chanyaran, chief of Tuol Kok district police, said that he had called Luy Chamroeun in for questioning, but he did not attend.
“[Luy Chamroeun] did not show up,” he said.
Khuong Sreng, who is Tuol Kok’s deputy district governor, identified Luy Chamroeun as a military official.
Minister of Defense Tea Banh said he didn’t know Luy Chamroeun and didn’t condone such behavior by anyone in his ministry.