Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday convicted and sentenced a former police officer to one year in jail for discharging an unauthorised weapon at his own vehicle in a fit of jealous rage against his wife last year.
However, the court suspended half of the sentence and with time served, the officer will soon be freed from prison.
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 convicted of unauthorised possession of a weapon.
“The court has decided to convict him and sentence him to a year, but the term of his punishment shall be reduced to only six months and 15 days in prison,” the judge said. “The rest of his sentence shall be suspended.”
Mr Theara was arrested on the same night of the shooting and has already been in jail for more than six months.
Eng Kong, a Daun Penh district police officer, said the suspect waited a substantial amount of time for his wife and eventually grew impatient. He then became angry and started arguing with his wife.
“He was jealous and angry at his wife for making him wait so long,” he said. “He took a pistol and fired four shots at his own car mirrors.”
“The shots did not hit his wife or other people,” he added.
Mr Kong said that after shooting his car, Mr Theara continued to argue with his wife and threatened to kill her. He did not flee.
He was later arrested by military police forces the same night. After his arrest, police confiscated a pistol and bullets from him.
During his trial, Mr Theara admitted his mistake, 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.”