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Police officer, daughter accused of assaulting students

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A police officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly beating two female students at Hun Sen Champuvoin High School unconscious on Tuesday. Police

Police officer, daughter accused of assaulting students

Por Sen Chey district police sent a police officer and his daughter to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday for allegedly beating two female students at Hun Sen Champuvoin High School unconscious on Tuesday.

Por Sen Chey district police chief Morn Vuthy said the police officer is 46-year-old, while his daughter is a 17-year-old.

“We have not only sent the case file to court, but also the persons involved in the assault. If they committed a crime, I have to send him and his daughter to court. The court is the one to decide on the matter,” Vuthy said.

Choam Chao III commune police chief Theng Kosal said on Wednesday that a fight had broken out at the school campus on Tuesday, when the sister of the 17-year-old who was sent to court, telephoned her father to inform him of a brawl.

Kosal said the officer then drove into the school campus with his other daughter and proceeded to intervene in the brawl, allegedly beating two female students who were fighting with his 16-year-old daughter. His 17-year-old daughter is also accused of beating the two students.

Teachers detained the suspect and brought him to the school’s office for questioning, he said, adding that the suspect claimed he did not hit any students and only brandished his hands at them as a warning.

“But the victims said the suspects beat them, and teachers who witnessed the altercation also said they saw the suspects beating them,” he said.

The suspect, Kosal said, was a police officer in the science and technology division of the Ministry of Interior and was from Takeo province’s Kiri Vong district. The 17-year-old is his first daughter while the 16-year-old is his second.

Both victims were 17-years-old, he said.

Kosal said the first victim reported that she had a dispute with the officer’s daughter in the past. On the morning of the incident, she went to buy rice and saw the officer’s daughter at the vendor’s cart.

She claimed the officer’s daughter then purposely bumped into to her, making her drop her rice, and also poured hot soup on her, leading to a fight.

The second victim said the officer beat her during the brawl as he mistakenly thought she was an accomplice of the first victim. The second victim said she had no dispute and did not know the officer’s daughter.

After police detained the officer and his daughter, the two victims filed a complaint at his police station, Kosal said.

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