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Prison for phone theft

A sex worker accused of stealing less than $200 and an iPhone from a customer in the capital last year was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday.

But Phnom Penh Municipal Judge Chea Sok Heang said Sem Chantha, 25, who has been in pre-trial detention since her arrest in September, will walk free in a couple of weeks after six months of her sentence was suspended.

Chantha, Sok Heang added, had also been ordered to pay the plaintiff the $150 she took from him during the incident.

“After having sex, her customer fell asleep and she took his money and luxury mobile phone and escaped around midnight,” Sok Heang said, adding Chantha was detained by a guesthouse security guard and handed over to police.

During Chantha’s trial in mid-February, she confessed, claiming she stole the phone and cash because she needed money for HIV/AIDS medication.



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