The Appeal Court on Monday heard, in absentia, the case of a convict who threw a grenade during a wedding in Kampot province’s Phnom Kong commune in 2012, claiming one life and injuring 10 others.

The Angkor Chey district ceremony was violently interrupted when Noun Touch – who is now 45 – threw a grenade directly at the guests, immediately killing a 65-year-old woman who was his ex-wife’s adopted mother.

Three others, two of them children, were severely injured, according to police. The former Ministry of Interior official was arrested the following morning.

During Monday’s hearing – presided over by Judge Chan Madina – the convict’s defence lawyer, Hai Sela said his client had admitted he was the person who carried out the grenade attack.

“I ask the court to reduce my client’s punishment,” he said during the hearing.

Prosecutor Sar Yos Thavrak, however, said otherwise. “I would like to uphold the verdict of the Kampot Provincial Court.”

Judge Madina said the verdict would be announced on April 29.

The Kampot Provincial Court heard the case on May 27, 2014, after which Touch was charged with premeditated murder under Article 200 of the Criminal Code and sentenced to 25 years in jail. Kim Sarom