Svay Rieng Man Fatally Stabbed While Drinking

Police in Svay Rieng City say they are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man who was fatally stabbed on Friday night.

Duong Sovantha was drinking with a group of friends on the bank of the Vaiko River in Svay Rieng City’s Po Tahor commune at about 9:45 p.m. on Friday when three men approached the revelers and stabbed the victim repeatedly, according to commune police chief Sar Kosal.

The trio, Mr. Kosal said, “stabbed him in the groin once, in the chest once and in the head twice…. There was a lot of blood.”

The suspects then fled the scene, while the victim staggered to the Prampi Makara primary school about 1 km away, where he died of his wounds, Mr. Kosal said.

Local residents found Duong Sovantha’s body inside the school grounds early Saturday morning, he added.

Mr. Kosal said eight of the victim’s drinking friends were questioned at the Svay Rieng provincial police headquarters on Saturday and Sunday, and that police suspect the crime was motivated by revenge.

Commune chief Kham Phalla said Duong Sovantha’s body was cremated by his family Sunday.

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