Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a 38-year-old woman for her involvement in the burning of a furniture factory in Ang Snual district.
Judge Iy Soyann identified the woman as Keo Ratanak, a businesswoman from Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district.
Judge Soyann said Ms Ratanak was charged with using forged documents, sending death threats and intentionally causing damage with intent to hurt others. She is facing a two to five year prison sentence if convicted and has been jailed pending trial.
Bun Sothy, an officer with the Kandal provincial military police, said that last Monday morning at about 9am, Ms Ratanak had an argument with a woman who is the owner of the Bright Way Furniture and Playwood factory located in Peuk commune.
He added that the accused poured a total of two barrels of gasoline on the factory and set it on fire. The fire engulfed the factory and destroyed all major properties.
He said Ms Ratanak fled the scene shortly after in her luxury car with a military license plate.
“She was a gangster,” he said. “She was arguing with the owner of the furniture factory. She poured two barrels of gasoline and burned the factory.”
“After burning down the factory, she drove her luxury car and fled to Phnom Penh,” he added. “It took four hours and six fire trucks in order to douse the fire.”
The accused was arrested the same day in Phnom Penh’s Toul Kork district. Military police seized her car, along with military license plates, as well as forged documents.
This is not the first time Ms Ratanak has made headlines. In February last year, Ms Ratanak, also known as Gech, was arrested and sent to Prey Sar prison for crashing a vehicle into the son of a former CNRP lawmaker.
She was later released on bail in March last year after paying $5,000 in compensation to the victim.