Prey Veng Provincial Court yesterday morning decided to detain a 29-year-old-woman for allegedly “providing the means for a prisoner to escape from prison”.
Suspect Chheun Nit was arrested on Wednesday morning shortly after she allegedly supplied two hacksaws hidden in a bottle of liquid soap to an imprisoned relative while she was visiting the
facility, according to provincial police.
“She was charged by the court with providing the means to a prisoner for breaking out of the prison base . . . and was ordered to be detained at the provincial prison yesterday while waiting for prosecution,” said Sreng Chea, Prey Veng provincial police chief.
Nit’s relative, Phu Kob, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a charge of intentional murder.
According to Chuob Sarim, Prey Veng Provincial Prison director, the suspect reportedly admitted to getting a call from the imprisoned relative and being asked to buy two blades for him.
“He told me that he will use them for cutting the window bars so that he can escape from the prison, since he cannot take living in the prison for 20 years. He told me to hide the blades in the soap bottle in order to mislead the prison guards and told that he will be able to escape from the prison in two months,” the suspect’s statement said, according to Sarim.