Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cop's ‘suicide’ followed suspension

Cop's ‘suicide’ followed suspension

Cop's ‘suicide’ followed suspension

A police official in Kampong Chhnang province was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday just hours after being suspended from duty over allegations he had assaulted his mistress.

Provincial deputy police chief in charge of crime Pol Vuthy said that the deceased, Tep Sarath, chief of the Provincial Minor Crimes Bureau, was found around 5pm on a bed in his office with a pistol nearby.

“Our police are still investigating whether he shot himself or was murdered.”

Before Sarath’s body was found, provincial police chief Prak Vuthy said that he had reviewed a complaint made by Sarath’s mistress, and had decided that Sarath had in fact attacked her.

“I already inked the letter to suspend his work in the morning, and required him to come to the personnel office to prepare his case for the General Commissariat of National Police,” he said.

Plaintiff Duk Dilom, 42, said yesterday before Sarath was found dead that he had approached her at her house, struck her three times in the face and gotten into a scuffle with a friend of hers at the scene.


  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • EU parliament’s 13-point vote to decide on possible sanctions

    The European Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a 13-point resolution on Cambodia – which includes a call for the treason charges against bailed opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped – a threat that could see the EU enforce a range of sanctions against

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey