A former police officer was sentenced yesterday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge to two years in jail – with all but six months suspended – for beating a traffic cop.
Sao Phanha, 33, an ex-major with the Interior Ministry’s anti-transnational crime department, had been charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances and unauthorised use of an emblem regulated by a public authority.
“The court decided to sentence him two years, but the term of his punishment shall be reduced to only six months in prison,” Presiding Judge Kor Vandy said. “The rest of his sentence is suspended.”
Judge Vandy said Mr Phanha was arrested on January 9 after he beat traffic officer Oeur Chamnan, 27, in anger after being stopped for driving the wrong way in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune.
Deputy prosecutor Soeu Vanny said that on the evening of January 8, the accused violated the traffic law by driving his Ford car in the wrong direction.
Mr Chamnan, who was on duty, stopped his car, but not for long. Mr Phanha then drove off.
However, thre next day, the accused drove to the spot again to meet Mr Chamnan to get revenge.
After stopping his car, the accused walked toward the victim and kicked Mr Chamnan in front of people even though Mr Chamnan begged for mercy.
“After kicking the victim, he fled in the car,” the judge said. Mr Phanha was arrested that evening in accordance with a complaint filed by the victim and a direct order from National Police chief General Neth Savoeun.
Mr Phanha admitted his guilt during his trial. He told the court he kicked the victim because he was angry at him for stopping his car and cursing at him.
“To get revenge, I drove to the place again the next day and kicked him,” he said.