Man Was Butchered by Pepper Farmers, Police Say

The dismembered remains of a 52-year-old man who had worked at a pepper plantation in Kampot province until a year ago were found Thursday by a farmer in Lumphat district, where six of the victim’s co-workers at the plantation are suspected of dumping his body after hacking him to death, police said.

District police chief Soy Thai identified the victim as Pech San, a farmer who disappeared one year ago following an argument with a group of co-workers he had been drinking with. 

“There are six suspects who became angry while they were drinking because the victim was always bragging, so they didn’t like him. When the victim was on his way back to his room, they attacked him with an ax and big sticks,” Mr. Thai said, adding that police are now searching for the six farmers, who left following the incident and are all originally from Kompong Cham province.

“We have reported this to provincial police and they will cooperate with Kompong Cham provincial police to investigate and arrest those suspects,” he said.

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