Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court considers probe in ‘mob beating’ death



Court considers probe in ‘mob beating’ death

Sok Noeun, 36, holds a portrait of her late son, Phal Narou, 15, who was beaten by a mob after he was allegedly caught stealing earlier this month in Phnom Penh.
Sok Noeun, 36, holds a portrait of her late son, Phal Narou, 15, who was beaten by a mob after he was allegedly caught stealing earlier this month in Phnom Penh. Erin Handley

Court considers probe in ‘mob beating’ death

The alleged mob killing of a 15-year-old boy that rattled a Stung Meanchey community last week was yesterday transferred to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to consider an investigation, police said.

Meanchey District Deputy Police Chief Hour Mengvang said yesterday that the death of the boy, whom villagers suspected was a thief, was now “in the hands of the administration”.

“We have just submitted this case to the court,” he said.

On Sunday, Mengvang said that police considered the death of Phal Narou – who was allegedly caught red-handed by villagers, had his hands tied, was badly beaten and eventually drowned in a nearby lake – as a case of “unintentional murder”. “If we are [talking about the accused], it is the whole village who flocked to beat him,” he said at the time.

Most villagers on Sunday denied being present at the beating, with many claiming Narou had drowned himself as villagers were preparing to hand him over to police.

Narou’s mother, Sok Noeun, said she was happy to hear her son’s case had progressed to the court but that she had little hope.

She said she borrowed money to pay for the funeral and did not have any left to do what she saw as necessary to receive justice – pay money to officials.

“It is like a cow eating the grass, but we do not have grass to give to the cow, so what can I hope for?” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • One million Chinese Covid-19 jabs to start rolling in from February

    The government has confirmed that Covid-19 vaccines from China are set to begin arriving in Cambodia by February. This came as the Ministry of Health recorded two imported cases of Covid-19 on January 18. While calling on people to remain vigilant against the pandemic, ministry spokeswoman