Army officer stabs youth to death in upper Burma

Nov 04, 2008 (DVB)-A high school student was stabbed to death by an army officer in Mandalay’s Meikhtila township on 2 November when they got into a fight with each other.

A local resident told DVB that 19 year old Sat Paing Htun from Aung Zayar district died on the spot after he was stabbed on the chest by captain Aung Tayzar from nearby air base’s ground crew training school.

"Sat Paing Htun was sitting with another friend by the roadside near his school when Capt. Aung Tayzar ordered them to come to him," said the resident.

"When they refused, Aung Tayzar approached them and started shoving Sat Paing Htun around by the throat."

When Sat Paing Htun fought back Aung Tayzar stabbed him with a six-inch knife on the left side of his chest, with fatal result.

A neighbour of Sat Paing Htun’s family said Aung Tayzar immediately took the body to the mortuary at Meikhtila military hospital where his doctor wife was on duty, and sent it to the faraway cemetery in Latphakhaung district for burial on the following afternoon.

Sat Paing Htun’s family was reportedly offered 1.5m Kyat by Aung Tayzar as compensation but it is not clear whether he is going to be charged for the murder or not.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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