Four convicted for grenade attack murder attempt

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Sok Kimly tried to have her boyfriend killed by hired assassins. KT/Mai Vireak

Four Vietnamese nationals were yesterday convicted of attempted murder for a brazen grenade attack in Phnom Penh.

Sok Kimly, 41, Chang Thive, 46, Le Yangyung, 47, and Ly Rabin, 36, each received a sentence of 10 years for their roles in the attempted murder of Ms Kimly’s Cambodian boyfriend.

According to court documents, Ms Kimly was having an affair with her Cambodian boyfriend while married to a Singaporean man who often travelled abroad.

After becoming worried that her affair would be discovered, Ms Kimly hired her friend Ms Thive to find hitmen willing to carry out the murder of boyfriend, offering up to $20,000.

Ms Thive then enlisted the help her husband, Mr Yangyung, who recruited Mr Rabin for the murder.

The group then held a meeting, where Ms Kimly provided $10,000 and a pistol to Mr Yangyung, promising him more money once the murder was committed.

After receiving the pistol and $10,000, Mr Yangyung provided $5,000 to Mr Rabin to carry out the hit.

Mr Rabin then decided to use a grenade rather than the pistol, tossing the explosive towards a home he believed to belong to Ms Kimly’s boyfriend in Boeung Keng Kang 3 commune.

But the home did not belong to Ms Kimly’s boyfriend and four innocent people were injured in the September 2016 attack.

The group was arrested just days after the attack.

Judge Y Thavreak yesterday advised the group to appeal if they did not agree with the court’s decision.

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