A former police officer was tried yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for discharging a firearm at his own car in a fit of jealous rage against his wife last year.
The shooting occurred on October 24 in front of a nightclub at the Holiday Hotel in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.
Leng Theara, 33, a former police captain who worked with the municipal investigations department in Phnom Penh, was arrested shortly after firing bullets at his car while waiting for his wife to finish work.
Presiding Judge Bun Thy said Mr Theara was charged with unauthorised possession of a weapon and faces six months to three years in prison if convicted.
Judge Thy said the suspect testified that he waited a substantial amount of time for his wife and eventually grew impatient. He then became angry and started a verbal argument with his wife.
“He was jealous and angry at his wife for making him wait for a long time in the car. He took his gun and fired four bullets into his mirrors, causing damage,” Judge Thy said during yesterday’s hearing.
He added that after the shooting, the accused threatened to kill his wife.
Military police arrested the accused shortly after the shooting outside the hotel, where he remained and cooperated with authorities.
After his arrest, military police confiscated an unregistered K-54 pistol, along with several bullets.
During yesterday’s hearing, the accused admitted his mistakes, saying that he never intended to shoot anyone, including his wife.
“The reason why I shot my car is because I was angry at my wife for taking too long to come to meet me. I never intended to shoot her or anyone else,” he said.
“I know my mistake now. I will not commit the crime in the future. I would like to ask the judge to reduce my sentence and allow me to stay at work,” he added. A verdict is due on April 10.