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Fatal hit-and-run lands ex-cop short stay in jail

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court handed down a two-year suspended sentence yesterday to a former police officer who killed two people in a hit-and-run earlier this year.

Prosecutor Im Mach said that 30-year-old Keth Borey, a former officer working with the Ministry of Interior, was ordered to serve just seven months of the two-year sentence. He was also ordered to pay the families of the victims, 29-year-old San Phally and 28-year-old Tit Vannak, $3,000.

The incident happened on January 7, when Borey was driving drunk on National Road 5 and collided with a motorbike carrying two people travelling in the opposite direction.

The case has been cited as a rare instance of a hit-and-run by a government employee making it to trial.

Mach said the “trial was at the court’s discretion”.

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