A Vietnamese-Cambodian man was beaten to death by a group of Cambodians in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, last Saturday, a diplomat told Thanh Nien.
Tran Van Thong, a counselor with the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, said via telephone that Nguyen Yaing Ngoc, 28, was killed by six Cambodian men.
On Tuesday, The Cambodia Daily reported that Ngoc was at his home in Tuol Rokar village, a predominantly Vietnamese community nestled between the Tonle Bassac river and a pagoda in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Loeu commune, on Saturday night when he got a phone call from his neighbor, who said he had been sideswiped by a car while riding his motorbike along National Road 2.
When Ngoc and a group of about eight friends arrived at the scene of the crash, the car was gone and the neighbor had been whisked away to a hospital, but his motorbike was left blocking an alleyway.
“[Ngoc] got into an argument with a father and son because they couldn’t move past the vehicle,” said Kong Samnang, who operates a one-room karaoke bar in the alleyway and witnessed Saturday night’s mob killing unfold.
“Then he hit the father and the son and then a big group gathered around,” Mr. Samnang said.
Ngoc was beaten on his face and head, another eyewitness said. He reportedly ran away until he collapsed. He died at the scene.
The victim’s body has already been cremated at a local pagoda, The Cambodia Daily reported.
The Vietnamese Embassy has called for an inquiry into the death.
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