Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Appeal Court upholds verdict in murder case



Appeal Court upholds verdict in murder case

Appeal Court upholds verdict in murder case

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a guilty verdict against a man who was sentenced last year to 13 years behind bars for killing two people at a drinking gathering in Preah Vihear province.

“The Appeal Court decides to uphold the verdict of the provincial court and sentence the suspect to 13 years in prison,” presiding judge In Van Vibol said.

Nop Siv was arrested on April 10 after he fatally shot two men in Cheb district’s Sangke II commune following a heated argument at a drinking party.

Siv and his gang of six fell into an argument with another group of six who then dared them to a fight with bare hands. But Siv went home and returned with a gun loaded with five bullets.

When he shot randomly to scare his opponents, some went into hiding in a rice field about 30 metres away, but the bullets hit two teenagers aged 17 and 18. The pair succumbed to their injuries after being admitted to hospital.

Sentenced by the provincial court in April to 13 years in prison on murder charges under Article 199 of the Criminal Code, Siv was also ordered to pay compensation of eight million riel ($2,000) to each victim’s family.

Prosecutor Im Sophan said the case still had many doubts.

He said forensic examination did not show clearly who actually fired the gunshots because two of Siv’s friends who were involved in the altercation also possessed similar weapons.

“It was not clear if the victims died because of his bullets. It’s also possible that the victims died because they were sent to the hospital too late or because the doctor could not save him,” he said.

Last month, Siv pleaded with the Appeal Court to reduce his jail term.

“I confessed my wrongdoing. I killed those two men, but it was an accident because it was too dark during the night. The 13-year prison term is too much. I request the court to reduce my sentence,” he said.

Defence lawyer Lim Linan said that because his client had confessed to the murder, the appeal court should reduce his sentence.

“My client said the night was too dark. He shot ramdomly. He did not know where people were hiding. Accordinng to articles 93 and 94 of the Criminal Code, the court should reduce his sentences,” Linan said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there