Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man sent to court for firing weapon in Sihanoukville casino

Man sent to court for firing weapon in Sihanoukville casino

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A 38-year-old Chinese man allegedly fired four shots in Sihanoukville’s Yaduoli Casino on Sunday. POLICE

Man sent to court for firing weapon in Sihanoukville casino

Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Monday sent a Chinese man to court for firing a gun and injuring another Chinese national using the butt of the weapon inside a casino in Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal Beach.

The suspect, a 38-year-old man, allegedly fired four shots in Yaduoli Casino on Sunday, deputy provincial police chief in charge of crime Kol Phally said.

While the shots injured no one, the suspect later used his gun to hit another Chinese man on the head, fracturing his skull. The case was sent to court on Monday morning.

“We already interrogated the suspect, but he refused to provide the motive for his actions. We are now sending him to court,” said Phally.

An official from the Preah Sihanouk provincial police who asked not to be named said on Monday that special units from the provincial police worked alongside those from Sihanoukville to surround and arrest the suspect outside the casino.

“Our forces were standing by outside the casino to help Sihanoukville police forces. Upon detaining him, the provincial specialists took him to the provincial police station for further legal action,” he said.

In a separate case, a man suffered injuries to his leg on Monday when he panicked upon hearing a gun being fired in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor commune in Dangkor district.

The 43-year-old man panicked when he heard the gunshot and ran straight into a closed door, injuring his leg. The man who fired the gun has been identified by the police but has not been made public.

Dangkor district police chief Chim Sitha said the suspect was drunk when he fired the gun. The victim and the suspect had no prior interaction so a dispute between the men has been ruled out.

“We have already identified the offender – he is a neighbour who was partying. He was being very loud and then he pulled the gun out and fired one shot. The victim was so scared that he crashed into the door of his own house, suffering injuries to his right leg,” Sitha said.

The suspect managed to escape, while the victim was sent to hospital.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon