A former Interior Ministry police officer went on trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for assaulting a traffic policeman.
Sao Phanha, a former major with the anti-transnational crime department, was charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances, and unauthorised use of an emblem. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Presiding Judge Kor Vandy said the accused was arrested on January 9 after he assaulted officer Oeur Chamnan, 27, in anger because Mr Chamnan stopped his car for driving in the wrong direction in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune.
Prosecutor Soeu Vanny explained that the previous evening the accused had been flagged down by Mr Chamnan. On the evening of January 9, the accused drove to the same spot to take revenge, she said.
He kicked Mr Chamnan in anger in front of a crowd of people despite the victim begging his pardon from him.
“After kicking the victim, he drove off in the car and fled,” she said.
The accused was arrested the same evening in accordance with an order from National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun.
At yesterday’s trial, the accused admitted his guilt, and asked the judge for clemency.
“The reason why I kicked the victim that day was because I was angry at him for stopping my car while I was driving,” he said.
“On the other hand, he cursed at me,” he told the court. “To take revenge, I drove to the place again the next day and kicked him.”
“I would like to promise that I will not commit such an act of violence again. I would like to ask the judge to reduce my sentence so that I will be able to resume my work,” he added.
A verdict is due June 7.