Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Por Sen Chey metal theft leads to deadly shooting, two arrests

Por Sen Chey metal theft leads to deadly shooting, two arrests

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An alleged scrap metal thief dies after being shot in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district. BKN

Por Sen Chey metal theft leads to deadly shooting, two arrests

Phnom Penh municipal police arrested a man for the deadly shooting of a scavenger, while one of the scavenger’s surviving accomplices was detained for the alleged theft of steel on September 24 in Chak Chrouk village of Por Sen Chey district’s Trapeang Krasang commune.

Municipal police spokesman San Sok Seiha on September 26 declined to elaborate on the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

But a district police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity identified the scavenger as Vandoeun, 18, and the suspected shooter as Chanrithy, 26.

Citing eye-witness accounts, the officer said that at about 1am on September 24, Vandoeun and three other men who were pulling a scrap cart stole steel poles from a house in the village. The home owner, who is Chanrithy’s father-in-law, saw the theft occurring and tried to stop it but was then beaten by the four alleged thieves with one of the metal poles they had just stolen.

According to witnesses, when Chanrithy saw the gang chasing and beating his father-in-law, he shot at them with a pistol and hit Vandoeun on his upper-right side. He was brought to the hospital by people living nearby but died shortly after arrival.

The officer added that based on the home owner’s account, the scavengers had already stolen from the property on September 23 and returned to take more the next day.

After the incident, district authorities opened an investigation and arrested Chanrithy and one of the four scavengers on September 25. Both are being questioned at the district police station and may be sent to court for further procedures.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Struggling Battambang artist dreams of staging full-scale gallery exhibition

    Leav Kimchhoth, a 55-year-old artist from Battambang province, is a familiar face to locals and tourists alike on the streets of the riverside in Phnom Penh. The one-armed painter and illustrator often hawks his work near the night market on weekends and public holidays. He

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • New Law on Taxation comes into effect

    Cambodia has enacted the eagerly-awaited new Law on Taxation, which aims to improve the national tax regime’s compliance with present and future international standards and economic conditions; encourage accountability, effectiveness and transparency in the collection process; and promote investment in the Kingdom. King Norodom

  • PM warns of int’l election interference

    With the national election scheduled to take place in less than two months, Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned foreign nations and their diplomats not to interfere into Cambodia’s domestic affairs. He also hinted that their statements on court verdicts handed down to any