Two Charged Over Fatal Football Match Stabbing

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Tuesday charged two soldiers over the murder of a 24-year-old man after a heated football match in Serei Saopoan City on Saturday, police said.

Try Panha, 20, who has admitted to stabbing Theng Yuth to death because the victim made a bad tackle during the match, was charged with murder by Investigating Judge Muy Sopheak, said Phoeung Mann Soeng, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau.

Mr. Panha’s friend, Thadara Reachsei, also 20, was charged as an accessory to the crime, Mr. Mann Soeng said.

“We sent them to pretrial detention at the provincial prison today,” he added.

A court document obtained Tuesday states that both men are soldiers. Mr. Mann Soeng said that Mr. Reachsei admitted during police questioning to throwing rocks at Theng Yuth before Mr. Panha moved in to stab him in the thigh.

And after Mr. Panha later chased the victim down to finish the job—stabbing him fatally in the stomach—Mr. Reachsei helped the suspect flee, he said. Both men were arrested on Sunday as they hid on a cassava plantation.

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