Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PP container thieves have case heard at Appeal Court

PP container thieves have case heard at Appeal Court

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Appeal Court. Post Pix

PP container thieves have case heard at Appeal Court

The Appeal Court on Tuesday heard the case of three people who were sentenced along with three others to six years’ imprisonment for attempting to force open a container to steal goods in Phnom Penh in 2016.

In the courtroom, one of the convicted men, Horm Brya, 25, told the judge that he had been a container truck driver for So Nguon Group for six years.

Brya said on November 11, 2016, his company had told him to drive the container to the port in Phnom Penh, but instead, he accidentally headed towards Preah Sihanouk province.

He said a man who he knew only as Kong – a foreman at So Nguon Dry Port – then tried to make him force open the container so he could steal its contents.

He said the foreman told two men – Thy Tith Eng, 38, and a 22-year-old man known as Roeurn – to wait at a location in Kampong Speu province to receive the stolen goods.

Meanwhile, Brya’s trucking company had alerted the authorities and he was arrested.

He said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court delivered its verdict on December 7, 2017, handing down a six-year jail term to all the suspects for attempted theft with aggravated circumstances according to Article 357 of the Criminal Code.

“I was told by Kong to force open the container but on that day I was really confused and had taken the container in the wrong direction. I request the judge to reduce my sentence,” Brya said.

Tith Eng told the judge that he and Roeurn were called by Kong to carry some stolen goods in Kampong Speu province, but when they arrived, Kong told them to leave the area because the company had been made aware of the plot.

“We filed a complaint with the Appeal Court as the sentences the lower court gave us were too heavy especially considering we were unsuccessful in our attempt to steal the goods."

“We have only stolen from containers two or three times. I request the court to give us a three-year sentence,” he said.

Prosecutor Tan Senarong said the appellants had not managed to steal from this container, but their behaviour should not be tolerated because it affected the country’s image.

“Stealing goods from containers affect Cambodia’s image. Sometimes when the containers arrive in other countries, only two or three boxes of goods remain. So I request that their six-year jail terms are upheld,” Senarong said.

The lawyer representing the three convicted men, Peung Yok Hieb, summed up by saying her clients had not actually stolen the goods.

She said the lower court had charged them with violently forcing open a container to steal goods under Article 357 of the Criminal Code and requested the court to amend the case and charge them under Article 356, for standard theft, instead.

Judge In Vanvibol said a verdict would be delivered next Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Website advises travellers to stay clear of Angkor Wat

    An Australian website has advised travellers to avoid Angkor Wat during their trip to Southeast Asia because the ancient temple is showing signs of rapid erosion and faced water management issues. In a recent article entitled Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid

  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Passenger taxi boat ridership sinks despite free services

    Passenger taxi boat traffic has dropped by about five per cent compared to the same period last year, despite the government providing free service for garment workers until next year, Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority director Ean Sokhim said on Monday. In 2018, the Phnom

  • Kingdom drafting new law to strengthen immigration

    The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said it had formed a working group to draft amendments to the Law on Immigration. Its secretary of state Sok Phal told The Post that the amendments will strengthen the management of immigrants in line with the current situation.

  • Shipments of mango to South Korea poised to begin this week

    Exports of Cambodian mangoes to South Korea will begin this week after Korean authorities gave the nod. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Department of Plant Protection, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Requirements director Ker Monthivuth told The Post on Sunday that after several inspections of

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that