A 30-year-old man was yesterday convicted and sentenced to three years in prison by the municipal court for killing three people, and injuring another eight, when he drove his vehicle on the wrong side of the road in Chamkarmon district in March.
Judge Nou Veasna of Phnom Penh Municipal Court identified the accused as Meas Sok Heng, who was charged with careless driving causing death and injury.
The court also fined him about $2,500 and ordered him to pay a total of $40,000 in compensation to plaintiffs in the case.
“The court sentenced him to three years but the term of his punishment shall be implemented as only two years in prison,” the judge said. “The rest of his sentence shall be suspended.”
In March, the accused drove his Toyota Camry car in the wrong direction along Monivong Boulevard in Boeung Trabek commune.
Judge Veasna said the accused first hit a motorbike, injuring its passenger, before fleeing the first accident scene.
“After that accident, he did not stop his car. He sped up and managed to escape from the place, but during his escape, he then hit more people on more motorbikes, killing three of them and seriously injuring four.”
Judge Veasna said that after the final crashes, the accused could no longer drive his vehicle and was wrangled by onlookers, who formed a mob and seriously beat him until he lost consciousness.
When police and medics arrived, the accused was taken to hospital for treatment, where he later recovered from his injuries under police supervision and was then charged and placed in pre-trial detention.
Mr Sok Heng said afterwards that the judgement was unjust for him because he also suffered from the incident after a mob of onlookers beat him, leaving him with brain trauma.
“I do not agree with the judgement and I will appeal it,” he said.