A former Phnom Penh Municipal Police officer was sentenced to ten years in jail on Friday for shooting dead a market security officer who mocked the way he sang karaoke.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court also ordered San Borey, 38, to pay 40 million riel ($10,000) to the wife of the victim. Mr Borey, a former captain with the municipal criminal investigation department, had been charged with intentional murder.
“The court decided to sentence him to ten years, but the term of his punishment shall be only seven years,” Presiding Judge Veng Huoth said. “The rest of his sentence shall be suspended.”
Mr Borey was arrested on the night of October 14, 2017, after he shot Chey Bunthan, 50, three times.
Mr Bunthan, who worked at Stung Meanchey market, died in a pool of blood at a restaurant in Stung Meanchey commune.
Mr Borey admitted his guilt during his trial last week.
He said that on the night of the murder, he and a friend drank beer and sang karaoke at the restaurant. The victim and two friends were drunk and sat near his table.
When he sang karaoke, the victim and his friends kept repeating the way he sang and mimicked him. The two parties then got into an argument.
“The reason I killed the victim was because he repeated and mimicked my songs,” he told the court. “He also criticised me and looked down on me, saying I was a stupid police officer.”
“He said I came to sing karaoke but wore a pistol. I was a crazy and stupid policeman,” he added. “He was very angry. I then fired three bullets at him.”