Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang court releases minor who shot boy

Battambang court releases minor who shot boy

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A police shows a home-made gun. Police

Battambang court releases minor who shot boy

The Battambang provincial court on Thursday released a 14-year-old boy who had been detained for accidentally firing a home-made gun and killing a nine-year-old boy in Samlot district on Tuesday, provincial court spokesman Tieng Sambor said.

Sambor told The Post on Thursday that following the boy’s arrest for killing Thnum Bunna in Ta Sanh commune’s Daun Trech village, the Battambang provincial investigating judge had decided to free him because he was a minor.

“After the police sent the child to the provincial court, the case was heard by an investigating judge who decided to release the boy because he was too young to be detained further."

“I cannot tell you what punishment the judge implemented in exchange for his release,” she said.

Choeung Kim Song, the chief of the provincial police’s minor crimes bureau, told The Post that after receiving the case from Samlot district police, he immediately prepared a report and sent the case to the Battambang provincial court, but he was unaware of the court’s decision.

“I didn’t know what the court would do. The police detained the victim, prepared the evidence and sent a report to the court. The decision to release or detain [the boy] falls under the court’s jurisdiction. It was beyond my authority,” he said.

A policeman working at Samlot police headquarters, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Post on Thursday that the victim died instantly.

He said the 14-year-old boy had been playing with a home-made gun which was hidden under a bed. After accidentally pulling the trigger, the police source said, the bullet went through the victim’s mouth and then his ear, killing him on the spot.

He said after the accident, the police inspected the scene and ascertained that the 14-year-old boy had fired the bullet by mistake.

The police then sent the case to the Battambang provincial police to pursue legal action, he said.

“I don’t know what the court decided. I submitted my report to the higher authorities. The boy clearly didn’t intend to shoot the victim. They were neighbours who played with each other every day."

“Their parents never argued with each other and their houses were located close together,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • Quarantine still a must for all arrivals, in next Covid chapter

    Since early May, an average of five to 10 Cambodian people have died from Covid-19 a day with many others testing positive amid the ongoing community outbreak. At the same time, however, hundreds of patients also recovered a day. The first Covid-19 case in Cambodia was

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of