Man nabbed after acid attack

Phnom Penh: Police in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Friday arrested a man suspected of splashing acid on the face and chest of his lover and sent him to the municipal court for questioning yesterday.

Lieutenant Colonel Heang Thareth, district deputy police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Lach Sophorn, 35, who allegedly splashed acid on Khun Kosal, 23, in Boeng Keng Kang II commune at about 8.30 pm on Friday.

“We sent him to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning,” Lt Col Thareth said. “District police officers were on patrol and caught him red handed splashing acid on the victim.”

Mr Kosal is now being treated at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital. According to the police report, Mr Sophorn and Mr Kosal had separated after a tiff.

It said the suspect met the victim on Friday to sort things out and splashed acid on him after he refused to reunite with him.

Chhun Sophea, former programme manager of Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, yesterday expressed support for Mr Kosal and said that her NGO had been working with acid attack victims for a long time before it was recently shuttered due to lack of funding.

“I deeply regret this incident,” she said. “The victim was sent to Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment.”

Ly Sophana, municipal court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

This is the second reported acid attack this year.

Last month, a man slashed garment worker San Chenda, 23, with a knife on the left wrist before pouring acid on her face and body in Takeo province’s Bati district.

Police believe that the attacker is her former lover, 43-year-old Kub Ha, who may have fled the Kingdom.

Ms Chenda is still recovering in hospital.