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10-year sentence upheld in acid case

10-year sentence upheld in acid case

The Appeal Court upheld a 10-year prison sentence handed  to a man convicted last year of dousing a woman with acid, blinding her in one eye.

“The court made the decision to uphold the ruling, and if the perpetrator is unsatisfied, he can appeal to the highest court within the law,” Appeal Court Judge Nhoung Thol said. In June last year, 22-year-old Pov Kolab was sentenced to a decade in prison and fined $5,000 by the Kampong Cham Provincial Court for his attack on Kong Touch, 52.

The brutal attack in September 2011 dated to a 2010 dispute between Kolab and Touch’s nephew in 2010. Police have said that after a physical altercation between Kolab and Touch’s nephew, Kolab demanded four million riel ($1,000) in compensation. Touch’s nephew offered to pay 50,000 riel ($12.50), but Kolab refused, police said.

Seeking revenge, police said, Kolab approached Touch with a large container of acid at 4am in September of 2011, and doused her.

In addition to losing sight in one eye, Touch suffered permanent disfiguring burns on her face, chest and right arm.

“I accepted this verdict, and I am so happy to hear it,” Touch told reporters outside court.

Kim Pailin, Kolab’s mother, said her son could not have thrown the acid on Touch, because he was working away from home on the night the attack occurred.

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