Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted an ex-police officer of intentional acts of violence and sentenced him to two years behind bars, but suspended one year and with time served, the ex-officer will be out of prison in four months.
Judge Leang Samnath identified the former officer as Song Pisal, 25, who was a second lieutenant with the Penal Department at the Ministry of Interior.
Judge Samnath said the violence occurred at about 9pm on May 24, 2018, in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeung Keng Kang II commune, where Mr Pisal beat a young man after accusing him of stealing his friend’s motorbike.
Judge Samnath identified the victim as Im Panha, 24, a university student living in Sen Sok district’s Kork Khleang commune.
“The court has decided to convict the accused and sentence him to two years, but the term of his sentence shall be reduced to only a year,” the judge said. “The rest of his punishment shall be suspended.”
“The court also orders him to pay 40 million riels [about $ 10,000] in compensation to the victim, who was the plaintiff in this case,” he added.
Mr Pisal was arrested on May 25 after he beat the victim, the judge noted.
Full story in Wednesday’s paper