Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Top court upholds 30-year murder ruling

Top court upholds 30-year murder ruling

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ang Snuol district police arrested Sary in 2018. Police

Top court upholds 30-year murder ruling

The Supreme Court upheld a Court of Appeal ruling on July 20 that lowered a murder sentence from life to 30 years.

The ruling was upheld despite a plea by the victim’s relative to keep the original life sentence handed down by the Kandal Provincial Court.

Tem Sary, a former bodyguard who confessed to shooting a man 15 times at a birthday party in 2016, requested the Supreme Court to lower his punishment to under 30 years so he could earn a living to support his old mother.

The victim, Srey Chanvuthy’s relative requested the court to uphold the original trial court decision but did not make a formal statement to the judges considering the case.

To Sary’s request, Judge Khem Bun said the Supreme Court could not lower the punishment further as the Appeal Court had already reduced the prison sentence. “The decision is accurate according to the law.

“The Supreme Court also cannot increase the punishment [as per the relative’s request]. The suspect still has to compensate the family 120 million riel [$29,281],” said Judge Khem Bun.

Court files show that Chanvuthy and Sary were drinking beer to celebrate the birthday of the Chanvuthy’s grandchild. They had a verbal argument and Sary shot Chanvuthy 15 times.

Kandal provincial court sentenced Sary to life imprisonment in 2016 under Article 200 of the Criminal Code although he had fled.

Ang Snuol district police arrested Sary in 2018, and he was sent to prison. He appealed the life sentence and it was lowered to 30 years.


  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped