Four Arrested for Beating Chinese Men

Four people were arrested in Sihanoukville on Saturday for beating two Chinese men after one of them caused a fatal road accident on Friday, police said Sunday.

According to deputy Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Y Sokha, Chen Zhen Ziang, 35, crashed his Volkswagen van into an oncoming motorbike driven by Ban Sopheap, 28, in the city’s Buon commune at about 2 a.m. on Friday.

“After the accident we sent [Ban Sopheap] quickly to the hospital, but unfortunately he died there later,” he said, adding that Ban Sopheap had worked at the 333 KTV karaoke parlor in Sihanoukville.

Nhet Phoan, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, said that after the crash, Mr. Chen attempted to drive away, but only made it about 200 meters before a group of locals surrounded his van and began pelting it with rocks. He said Mr. Chen then called his friend, Tseng Chao Wei, 27, who drove to the scene on a motorbike with a translator in an attempt to protect his friend.

“When [Mr. Tseng] tried to prevent the people from beating his friend, the people turned on him and beat him until he was unconscious,” he said, adding that both men suffered serious injuries and were sent to Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital for treatment.

Mr. Phoan said police arrested four people over the beating on Saturday afternoon: Mao Sambath, 23, a security guard at Koh Por restaurant; Ang Sanrang, 30, a supervisor at 333 KTV; Nea Vutha, 25, a street vendor; and Mut Vannak, 30, a moto-taxi driver.

He said all four would be sent to the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court today.

“We have accused all of them of attempted murder and intentional damage,” Mr. Phoan said, adding that more than a dozen people had been involved in the attack and that police were still investigating to make more arrests.

The bureau chief also said that he expected Mr. Chen to be charged with dangerous driving resulting in death once he recovered from his injuries.

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