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Three charged over property theft

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Battambang provincial court has charged two women and a man over their alleged involvement in putting sedatives in beer and giving the concoction to a businessman in order to steal $4,000 worth of the man’s properties.

Major General Cheth Vanny, chief of provincial general crimes department, identified the three accused as 54-year-old Chea Chenda, 16-year-old Long Sreyya and 24-year-old Chheng Seyha.

They were all arrested yesterday in Battambang province, he said.

Maj Gen Vanny said that a court prosecutor charged them with larceny and could face up to three years in jail if convicted.

He noted that at about 7pm on Monday, the trio came to stay at Sor Yim guesthouse in Mong Russey district’s Kear commune.

Maj Gen Vanny said that after checking in the guesthouse, they persuaded the guesthouse owner Sor Yim, 65, to drink beer with them in their room.

“While drinking, the victim went to the bathroom to pass urine. The accused put the sleeping pills into his beer can,” he said.

“Upon coming back, the victim took up the can and drank it,” Maj Gen Vanny added. “He then became sleepy and eventually fell asleep. When the victim became unconscious, they stole his properties and fled.”

Maj Gen Vanny said that according to Mr Yim, he lost $150, a gold necklace worth $2,000, a diamond necklace worth $1,000, an iPhone X worth $800, and two watches worth $100.

He added that police arrested the accused at about 9am yesterday in Battambang city. He said that after their arrest, police confiscated an iPhone 6 and two watches.

The accused were questioned yesterday by a judge and are scheduled to be sent to prison today pending the trial.

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