Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vendors held for shaving thief’s head

Vendors held for shaving thief’s head

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A vendor holds down a thief that was suspected of stealing a mobile phone in the capital. facebook

Vendors held for shaving thief’s head

Three capital vendors were briefly detained by cops in Por Sen Chey district over the weekend for torturing an alleged thief by forcing her to shave all her hair off.

The three were initially detained under an order from the municipal court prosecutor.

After catching a woman in her twenties who they say stole a mobile phone from their Prey Tea market stall on Thursday, Song Heng, Nam Narith and Hok Kim Horn saw that all her hair was shaved off.

Yim Saran, the district’s police chief, confirmed that the suspects had been freed after being detained briefly.

“The woman who was accused of being a thief was released before the police arrived [at the scene]. The issue is done with,” he said.

According to a video about the case that is circulating on social media, the three were detained for a day and questioned before being released.

Several fellow vendors in the market stood behind their actions, claiming they just wanted justice for what had happened.

“[The three] did nothing wrong. They are owners of the items, so it is not right. They did not understand the law as they are normal people."

“The police should explain to them. We ask [police] to release them because they are good citizens in the village and never had problems with anyone,” they said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Call for boycott of Angkor unacceptable

    Dear Editor, I wish to express my strong disagreement on the article published by Traveller for their website with the title Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid. Below is my opinion of the article. It is obviously free for the Traveller to

  • Probe underway after wreckage of drone with Chinese characters found

    Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha said on Sunday that investigations are underway regarding the wreckage of a drone that was recovered in Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech commune in Kiri Sakor district. The wreckage has been taken to the capital for further examination,

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • Gov’t slams UN rapporteurs over Sokha trial statement

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office in Geneva deplored the statement of three UN special rapporteurs who claimed that Kem Sokha’s trial was “tainted” due to irregularities. The reaction

  • No power shortages next dry season, says energy minister

    Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem has assured the public that Cambodia will not suffer power shortages during the next dry season. Speaking on local TV on Tuesday, Sem projected a rise in power demand during 2020’s dry season – which starts in November and

  • Gov’t takes steps to lower logistics, transport costs

    With the threat of losing trade privileges in the EU drawing closer, the government is taking measures to reduce logistics and transportation costs to safeguard the Kingdom’s competitiveness. The EU is due to decide whether or not to withdraw the Kingdom’s trade privileges