Ung Limey, a 21-year-old from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, poured acid on her ex fiance while they were riding together on his motorbike. She injured her ex as planned but hadn’t counted on the wind sending much of the chemical back across her own face.
Leng Socheata, 23, crashed moments later due to the intense burning pain, causing further injuries to both of them. After the crash Ung fled the scene. Police believe she’s being treated for her burns at a private hospital because there’s no sign of her at any of the public ones. So far, they haven’t found her.
“We are currently looking to find the young woman who allegedly doused her former boyfriend with acid as she rode behind him on a motorbike,” said Mok Borunchhorsak, a police spokesman. “His family said it was an act of revenge after they had persuaded him to break off the relationship. We have visited all of the state hospitals and there was no sign of her, and we suspect that means that she has been treated in a private hospital.”
Despite her disappearance, photographs of Ung with a bandaged face have been found on social media.
Socheata’s family persuadde him to stop seeing Ung after finding out that she had been arrested for jewellery theft and drug-related offences.
Police spokesman Mok Borunchhorsak has confirmed that his department had previously arrested Limey on drug charges, and a warrant has been put out for her arrest.
“‘We know her very well,” he added. “I don’t think it will take a long time to arrest her.
Tougher laws on crimes involving acid attacks have been put into place in Cambodia as it’s become a more common crime. A life sentence was handed out earlier this year to someone found guilty in a similar case as this.