Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant




Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Pan Sokivatey at the Appeal Court on Thursday. Kim Sarom

Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant

A prosecutor on Thursday asked the Appeal Court to reduce the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down to a cashier after she admitted stealing more than $60,000 from a Phnom Penh private clinic at the end of 2017 to pay for her mother’s medical expenses.

Prosecutor Im Sophan asked the court to consider the appellant’s love and sacrifice for her mother when requesting the reduced sentence.

Pan Sokivatey, 28, told the court that she worked at the private medical clinic in Phnom Penh, where she took payment from patients. After working there for more than a year, she began stealing money between November 2017 and the start of January last year.

She said she only stole the money because her mother was seriously ill and she did not have the money for her treatment.

‘Only those last few months’

Sokivatey said for every $15 paid, she would take $10 and record $5 for the clinic, stealing an average of $150 a day. She said she stole for only a brief period, while the owner of the clinic accused her of doing so for more than one year, something she denied.

“I only took money in those last few months. After [being found out], I returned about $10,000 to the clinic owner, but she never wrote a letter confirming she had received the money."

“I would like to request the court to allow me to serve only one year in prison and suspend the punishment for one and a half years,” she said.

According to court records, the owner got suspicious after the clinic’s account was losing money. The owner talked with the suspect who confessed to taking the money. The owner then called police.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sokivatey to two and a half years in prison and ordered her to pay the owner $65,698.

Presiding judge Sin Visal said the court will hand down its verdict on February 22.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped