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Tycoon’s son guilty, and free

Tycoon’s son guilty, and free

Duong Otdom Chhorvin, aka Duong Chhay, was convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday of having beaten and threatened to kill the son of tycoon Try Pheap but walked free following the verdict after having his sentence reduced.

Handed a one-year jail term, Chhay, eldest son of tycoon Duong Ngiep, saw his sentence reduced to four months already served and was fined $725 in the wake of the April 13 attack, which followed a verbal dispute at a shop in the capital’s Tonle Bassac district.

Presiding judge Svay Tonh said Chhay was convicted of “aggravated assault”.

Neither the plaintiff, 21-year-old Try Daluch, nor his lawyer could be reached for comment.

Chhay did not attend yesterday’s verdict, choosing to remain in his cell at Prey Sar prison.

His lawyer, Nach Try, also declined to attend the the hearings, telling a Post reporter later that he “had not seen the verdict yet” before declining to comment further.

Chhay is no stranger to the justice system, having previously been sentenced to three and a half years in 2013 for taking part in a well-publicised brawl on Khmer New Year in which his brother pistol-whipped a man.

He was released last year.

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