Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - University mob beats thief to death

University mob beats thief to death

University mob beats thief to death

A MOB of university students and passing moto-dops beat a man to death after he was

discovered stealing a motorbike from the parking lot at the Technological Institute

on Pochentong Road.

Police said between 50 and 100 people took part in the beating, on Wednesday, June

28, between 2 and 4pm. Witnesses said the victim was still alive when the police

arrived at the parking lot, but nobody did anything to help him. Tuol Kork Police

Inspector Kim Huon denied this.

"We got a call alerting us to the accident at 3pm and were at the institute

15 minutes later. By then, the thief was already dead," said Huon.

The Tuol Kork police station is only a few minutes away from the institute.

One witness gave a different account:

"When the police arrived, the thief was still alive and many of the moto-dops

were still throwing stones at him. The police took no action to try to stop the moto-dops,"

said the witness.

Nobody from the crowd has been arrested or questioned, and Huon said it would be

impossible for the police to find out who killed the thief.

"The crowd was too big. There were many people throwing stones at the thief,

and we cannot find out who are responsible," he said.

Instead of investigating the case he said he had contacted the director of the institute

and asked him to educate his students that they must not take part in this kind of

mob beating.

The director of the Technological Institute, Fernand Texier, could not be reached

for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Quarantine still a must for all arrivals, in next Covid chapter

    Since early May, an average of five to 10 Cambodian people have died from Covid-19 a day with many others testing positive amid the ongoing community outbreak. At the same time, however, hundreds of patients also recovered a day. The first Covid-19 case in Cambodia was

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • First commercial gold mine online

    Australian miner Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd on June 21 began the commercial operation of its $120 million Okvau Gold Project in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri, becoming the Kingdom’s first gold producer. Located in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district, the

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • Transport minister requests free trial of Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway

    The Ministry of Public Works and Transport held discussions with the company constructing the expressway from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province to allow drivers to test the road free of charge before an official toll is set. While inspecting the progress of its construction