Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Three injured by cop charged with battery

Three injured by cop charged with battery

Three injured by cop charged with battery

PHNOM Penh Municipal Court has charged three people injured by a police officer in a shooting spree last month with intentional battery, a court official said yesterday.

On July 20, Vong Saneath, a police officer in Sen Sok district’s Khmounh commune, allegedly opened fire on a family with an AK-47 following an argument. Long Hun, 47, was killed at the scene, and his son Long Lyheng, 17, died on the way to Calmette Hospital.

Long Hun’s wife, 42-year-old Uo Soy, and his nephew and brother-in-law were wounded in the spree, which prompted the court to file intentional murder charges against the officer.

Investigating judge Sin Visal said the three injured victims had been charged with intentional battery, and that they had been called to answer questions at the court on August 10.

“We have issued the summons letters ordering the three people to show up for interrogations after we charged them with intentional battery,” he said. He declined to elaborate on the charges.

Mak Hong, the police chief in Sen Sok district, said last month that Vong Saneath, who is in pre-trial detention, had confessed to the shooting, but said he opened fire in self-defence.

“The accused said he could’ve died if he was not wearing a helmet, because [the family] threw an axe at his head,” Mak Hong said at the time.

“He claimed they knocked his wife and son to the ground. Because he was angry, he said he took out his AK-47 and opened fire on them.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget