Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Colonel sentenced for hit-and-run

Colonel sentenced for hit-and-run

Colonel sentenced for hit-and-run

A senior military official was sentenced yesterday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to two and half years in prison – suspended to one month – for a drunken hit-and-run that left two people dead earlier this month.

Charged with unintentionally causing death while driving, Colonel Pen Dara, chief of administration and finance at the Military Training School  in the Defence Ministry, confessed to the crime, and paid $10,000 in compensation to each of the victim’s families.

Speaking at yesterday’s hearing, Dara said he had been driving home drunk from from his son’s wedding at Koh Pich, and was carrying tens of thousands of dollars from guests.

After hitting a motorbike on Norodom Boulevard – killing the driver and passenger – Dara said he panicked and drove away because he was afraid if police came, they would steal the money. Officers gave chase and apprehended him in Sen Sok district.

“I had no intention to hit them dead, and I am very regretful for what happened. I would like to ask the court to pardon me and reduce my sentences so that I would able to resume my work,” Dara told the court.

Upon delivering the sentence, judge Kim Rothnarin said it would be suspended due to Dara’s evident remorse and large compensations. Both families had already withdrawn their complaints.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and