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Tourist charged with punching tuk tuk driver

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Ben Smith allegedly punched a tuk tuk driver. Supplied

A 29-year-old British tourist was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday for allegedly punching a Cambodian tuk tuk driver in the face after an argument over the fare.

The incident took place on Thursday at about 4.45pm on Norodom Boulevard near the Independence Monument in Daun Penh district’s Chaktomuk commune.

District police chief Huoth Chanyurann said Ben Frederich Smith was charged with intentional acts of violence and faces from one to three years in prison if convicted.

He added that Pheng Sengdara, the 37-year-old victim, was left with injuries to his left eye after the altercation.

Leng Vichetr, a commune police officer, said before the incident, the victim took the suspect from a guesthouse in Chey Chumneah commune and drove him around Central Market and the Riverside area.

However, after arriving near the Independence Monument, the suspect decided he wanted to get out and walk around.

The victim then demanded more money, causing the argument.

“The suspect was angry at the victim for demanding more money for the ride. He then punched the victim’s face twice, causing him injury,” he said.

“The suspect was quickly arrested by our police forces, who were patrolling nearby.”

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