Pursat Court Charges Trio Over Fatal Dance Floor Fight

The Pursat Provincial Court on Wednesday charged three men with intentional violence for their alleged involvement in a brawl between two rival groups that left one participant dead, a court official said.

The three suspects—An Rith, 20; Lat Lonh, 33; and Les Pou, 25—were arrested Monday evening after Chan Pheara, 21, was killed on the dance floor during a post-harvest celebration in Krakor district on Sunday night.

Pong Chansoyutheara, the provincial court’s deputy prosecutor, said Wednesday that he charged the suspects with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.

“We sent them to pretrial detention at the provincial prison,” Mr. Chansoyutheara added. “They face seven to 15 years in prison.”

Deputy provincial police chief Keo Sokunthea said the suspects confessed on Tuesday to the killing, which occurred after one group drew weapons during an argument, causing the other group to flee.

Chan Pheara was then surrounded by the armed group and killed by a single ax blow to the head.

“They admitted they did it because they don’t like it when men enter their area without permission,” Mr. Sokunthea said, adding that police were searching for five more suspects.

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