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No jail for policeman who accidentally killed bystander

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The police officer being escorted to court for a hearing. Supplied

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday sentenced a Por Senchey district police officer to one-year in jail, but the sentence was suspended, over the accidental killing of a bystander during a raid on a cockfighting ring last month.

The court held the trial on Tuesday morning and afterwards, presiding judge Ros Piseth announced he had decided to sentence Chorn Virak to one year in jail but then suspended the sentence.

Mr Virak, 27, was the Por Senchey district officer who fired the shots that killed Siek Rorn, 33.

Mr Rorn was standing on his balcony overlooking the scene at the time of the incident in Choam Chao 2 commune on January 21. The policeman fired warning shots during the raid that killed Mr Rorn.

Phnom Penh police and district authorities provided $8,000 to the victim’s family for a funeral after the killing.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper.

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