Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four tried for alleged beatings

Four tried for alleged beatings

Four tried for alleged beatings

Four relatives were questioned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they conspired to beat and threaten to kill a woman in the capital two years ago.

Judge Heng Sokna said that Dav Sok Chamroeun, 34; his brother-in-law Um Malen, 35; Hem Thanh, Chamroeun’s 55-year-old mother; and Em Srey Mach, 34, Chamroeun’s wife, allegedly attacked and threatened to kill Prum Reaksa in Por Sen Chey district in September 2013.

The family was reportedly angry after their father, Dav Song Heng, left their mother for the younger Reaksa, who was staying at the house of her friend, Song Srey Nem, who was also injured in the attack.

“Hem Thanh was angry with her husband for bringing his young wife to eat dinner near her son’s house. She called her children to beat [them],” Sokna said. “They beat both Song Srey Nem and Prum Reaksa. They also threatened to kill both of them.”

The four suspects have denied the allegations, but they did admit to arguing with Reaksa and Srey Nem on the night in question.

Verdicts in the case are expected on September 29.


  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the

  • Royal Group's Koh Rong luxury hotel officially opens

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong hotel on Monday marked its official launch as the first luxury resort on Cambodia’s most visited island. Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over the inauguration of the hotel, which has been open since December, and features rooms priced at