PM’s Bodyguard Unit officer linked to assault

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The suspect was released after paying an undisclosed amount of compensation to the victim. Post News

A 30-year-old officer with the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit was arrested on Friday night after allegedly assaulting a businessman in a restaurant.

Ly Sophal, a Tonle Basac commune police officer, said there was an argument between military officer Nim Sophaneth and Ith Seangly, 30, a computer vendor.

Mr Sophal said that on Friday at about 11pm, Mr Sophaneth and four military officer friends went to eat at a restaurant on Koh Pich in Chamkar Mon district. The victim and two friends were dining near the suspect’s table.

Mr Sophal said that while they were eating and drinking, the suspect, who was drunk, got into an argument with Mr Seangly. He rushed over to attack the victim at the table.

“He was drunk,” Mr Sophal said. “He was angry at the victim for looking at his face often while he was drinking.”

“After beating the victim, he ran off but was arrested later by local police with the help of restaurant security guards,” he added.

The suspect was brought to Chamkar Mon district police station for questioning.

A senior police official with the district police station, who asked not to be named, confirmed yesterday that the suspect was released on Saturday afternoon after a compromise was reached between the parties.

He said the suspect had paid money to the victim as compensation and the victim had withdrawn his complaint.

“Mr Sophaneth was accused by police of an intentional act of violence, but he now has been released due to the victim withdrawing the complaint,” the police officer said. “The victim did not suffer a serious injury.”

The officer did not say how much compensation the suspect paid the victim.

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