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Sentence upheld for nightclub murder

The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the conviction of a former military police official who was serving a 10-year prison sentence for his role in a nightclub murder.

Presiding judge Pak Chan Sambo said the court had decided to “uphold the verdict” against 28-year-old Chum Vanna, a former military police official and security guard at Boeng Salang commune’s DJ Station nightclub, because of the strength of witness testimony.

“If the suspect is not satisfied with the decision, he has 30 days to take the case to the Supreme Court,” he said.

Vanna had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of an illegal weapon and intentional violence.

The charges relate to his role in the murder of 25-year-old Chroeng Dara, who was shot dead in September 2012 during a brawl with security guards.

The fight broke out after Dara’s girlfriend was removed from the nightclub. After Dara started throwing stones at the security guards, Vanna pulled out a pistol and fired into the air.

A second guard joined in, shooting Dara and killing him on the spot.

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