A traditional healer accused of being a sorcerer was beaten unconscious in Takeo province’s Traing district on Friday after becoming involved in a physical dispute with a local villager, police said Wednesday. Mao Phann, a 57-year-old healer, was set upon by Vong Sam Ol, 37, who had broken into his house after failing to convince authorities to expel Mr. Phann from the village for allegedly making a number of people sick through his wizardry, Angkanh commune police chief Chum Heu said. “The suspect seized the machete and chopped the victim on the head with it,” Mr. Heu said.
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