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Five jailed for burglary, drug dealing

Five jailed for burglary, drug dealing

Five men and one woman were sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to between three and four years in prison, charged with breaking into warehouses to steal motorbikes and trafficking drugs in the capital in 2014.

Presiding judge Veng Huoth identified the men as Nhem Sareth, 31; Chhorn David, 28; Phan Phalen, 42; Run Davy, 20; and Horm Sopheap, 20.

The five were sentenced to four years each in prison. Prum Sreyda, 19, who is also David’s wife, was given a three-year sentence.

“The six accused have the right to appeal this court’s decision to the Appeal Court within a period of 30 days,” the judge said.

Houth added that the six were former garment factory workers in Por Sen Chey district’s Choam Chao commune.

Following their arrest on February 23, police seized six motorbikes, a large package of powered methamphetamine and tools allegedly used to force open warehouse doors.

At trial, the six pled their innocence, claiming they confessed under duress.

Neither the defendants nor their lawyers could be reached for comment yesterday.

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