Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried two women and a man over the slashing of a land broker after he hired one of the women to have sex in the city last year.
Presiding Judge Seng Leang identified the three as Chhor Yi, 19, a masseuse living in Takeo province, Som Thi, 24, a masseuse living in a rental house in Por Senchey district, and her husband Nob Chamnab, 34, a motorbike taxi driver.
He said Ms Yi was charged with acts of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in jail if convicted. Ms Thi and Mr Chamnab were charged with unlawful removal with purpose and face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Judge Leang said they were all arrested between March 29 and 30 by municipal military police in the district’s Chom Chao commune.
He said that at about 11am on March 28, the victim, Bi Sokkong, 39, had just sold a plot of land for a large sum and bought a motorbike for $250.
Judge Leang said that the victim gave $100 to Mr Chamnab, a friend, and his wife to find him a pretty young girl for him to have sex with.
He said that about 6.30pm on March 28, Mr Chamnab and Ms Thi brought Ms Yi, a masseuse working with a massage shop in Chom Chao commune, to meet with Mr Sokkong in his house in the commune.
Judge Leang said that all four had food and drank beer in the victim’s house.
He said that at about 11.30 pm on March 28, Mr Chamnab and Ms Thi left the house, leaving Ms Yi behind to smoke drugs with Mr Sokkong.
Judge Leang said that at about 4am on March 30, after Mr Sokkong fell asleep, Ms Yi took a vegetable knife and slashed him several times, causing injuries.
“When Mr Sokkong was sleeping, she took a vegetable knife and slashed him many times on his back, head and right hand,” he said. “Mr Sokkong fought her off and managed to catch her and tie both her hands and legs with some wire.”
“After tying her in the room, he ran out from the house to seek help at the commune police post,” he added.
Judge Leang said that Ms Yi was arrested at about 5am on March 29 at Mr Sokkong’s house.
He said that based on Ms Yi’s confession, municipal military police arrested Mr Chamnab and Ms Thi at their rental house in Chom Chao commune on March 30.
During yesterday’s trial, the three accused denied the allegations. They all requested the court to drop the charges and release them.
Ms Yi told the court that she stabbed Mr Sokkong because he attempted to rape her.
She said that the day before the violence, she was persuaded by Mr Chamnab and Ms Thi to visit Mr Sokkong’s house just to have drinks with him, not sex.
“When I stayed with him in his house, he attempted to rape me,” she told the court. “He caught me and pushed me on the bed before kissing me and trying to rape me.”
“But when I resisted, he pointed a screwdriver at my throat and threatened to kill me,” she added.
Ms Yi said that to defend herself, she grabbed a vegetable knife which was nearby and slashed him.
She told the court that she was a victim of an attempted rape and asked it to drop the charges and release her.
Mr Chamnab and Ms Thi told the court that they only introduced Ms Yi to Mr Sokkong and brought her to meet him at his house.
They said that they did not traffic or sell her to have sex with Mr Sokkong as the court has charged them.
They said that they did not also get any commission for introducing Ms Yi to him.
Mr Chamnab said that the $100 that Mr Sokkong offered him was not to find a girl to have sex with him.
“In fact it is money I had lent him,” he told the court. “It was not commission to do any job for him.”
A verdict is due January 29.