Ten young people – alleged “gangsters” and former students at a Por Sen Chey district high school – were tried by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday on accusations of fatally shooting another student in a motorbike robbery in January 2014.
Presiding judge Kim Rathnarin said that suspects Nuon Nith, 17; Tuy Mity, 17; Chhim Bora, 30; Suon Sokpov, 18; Ban Samnang, 17; and Chhoeun Mab, 17, were charged with aggravated theft resulting in the death of the victim.
Suspects Mean Mom, 30; Chan Bros, 30; Heng Theary, 19; and Lor Seang Hai, 25, were charged as beneficiaries of aggravated theft.
“If they are found guilty, they shall be imprisoned from 15 to 30 years each,” Rathnarin said.
Lieutenant Colonel Sok Saroeun, deputy chief of the National Penal Military Police, said that the 10 “former gangsters” were arrested on March 7 and 15, 2014, for their alleged involvement in the shooting death of Kha Sokkhim, 19, while stealing his motorbike in Por Sen Chey’s Choam Chao commune.
According to Saroeun, suspects Nith and Bora were arrested on March 7 while allegedly trying to sell Sokkhim’s moto in Kampong Speu province. The other eight suspects were arrested in Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom province.
The 10 denied involvement in the case yesterday, though Nith, Bora, Mity and Mab confessed to having stolen motos in the past.
The hearing continues on March 25.