Three youths were yesterday sentenced to between one and two and a half years in prison for illegally confining, stabbing and beating a 21-year-old woman whom they accused of betraying their friend.
The violent incident took place on August 27 last year in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Nou Veasna identified the three as Preab Noy, 23, who was convicted to two and a half years in prison, and his two friends, Am E, 18, and Reth Ray, 23, each convicted to one year.
The judge said Mr Noy was charged with causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement, while Mr E and Mr Ray were charged for being accomplices to unlawful confinement.
He added that they were arrested last year on August 28 after they unlawfully confined garment worker Ly Seangmouy to her rental room in Trapaing Thloeng commune, where they beat and stabbed her for allegedly cheating on their friend, named only as Mab.
Commune police officer Khun Sarith said Ms Seangmnouy was the former girlfriend of Mr Mab, who was a gangster.
They separated after an argument relating to Mr Mab’s drug use. The victim later started seeing a colleague from her factory.
On August 27, Mr Mab brought a group of about 10 youths, including the three accused, to beat the new boyfriend at the victim’s rental room.
The boyfriend fled, but the victim was left behind.
“They were angry at the victim for leaving their friend and going out with another man. They caught her and confined her to her room for a whole night,” Mr Sarith said. “They beat her, stabbed her and caused her injuries.”
He added that three of the suspects were arrested the next day, but Mr Mab and the other perpetrators escaped.
After their arrests, police confiscated a long knife from them. Police were still seeking the other suspects, Mr Sarith said.