Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Adopted son jailed over dad’s accusation

Adopted son jailed over dad’s accusation

Adopted son jailed over dad’s accusation

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a 25-year-old Cambodian man to one year in prison – with eight months suspended – and fined him two million riel (about $500) for stealing €4,500 (about $5,585) from his 55-year-old Luxembourgian adoptive father in August.

Defendant Ath Limhour maintained his innocence yesterday but said he would accept the sentence because he couldn’t afford further legal fees and because, having been jailed since August, his sentence was almost up.

In court, Limhour testified that plaintiff George Edmon Heldemon had met with him in a nightclub in Phnom Penh in May and offered to adopt him, allegedly promising to help Limhour find work and pay for him to study English if he agreed to live with him.

Instead, Limhour said, Heldemon reneged on the deal, allegedly coercing him into sexual relations, and accusing him of stealing after he discovered Limhour had been in contact with girls.

Heldemon denied Limhour’s accusations, however, saying he had adopted the younger man out of pity.

He added that he believed Limhour had stolen the money from his room as he was the only person living there and with ready access.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all