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Tycoon’s son arrested for ‘beating’ man over unpaid 1,100 riel toll

Tycoon’s son arrested for ‘beating’ man over unpaid 1,100 riel toll

A TYCOON’S son has been arrested on suspicion of beating a toll booth worker, who demanded he pay a 1,100 riel (US$0.27) road fee, with a metal pole and a car wrench before threatening to shoot him.

Pao David, the youngest son of tycoon Khy Pao, was arrested at about 4pm on Tuesday after the incident on a toll road near Northbridge International School in Sen Sok district, Phnom Penh.

District police chief Mak Hong confirmed yesterday that the 23-year-old has been accused of intentionally injuring Pin Ratana.

Pin Ratana, a Road JV Company employee, claims he asked the tycoon’s son to pay 1,100 riel after the car he was being driven in drove straight through the toll area.

Yesterday, he said: “I was trying to ask him to drive his car back to the paying post. He stopped his car and then used a big tube and the wrench from his car to hit me several times on my right shoulder, my right hand and my thumb.

“When I was running way from him, he threw the wrench, hitting me on my back. He threatened that he would use the gun from his car to shoot me,” he claimed.

A lawyer acting for Pin Ratana said yesterday that his client intended to sue Pao David for attempted murder.

“I think that his activities were very cruel … he is a rich person but he did not pay just 1,100 riel for his road fee,” he said.

The tycoon’s son, who was kept overnight for questioning by Sen Sok district police on Tuesday, was sent to court yesterday. Pao David, his lawyers and his family and court officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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