Prey Veng Provincial Court yesterday charged a former district military police commander with unintentionally discharging his pistol and injuring his brother-in-law while drunk.
Major Seng Sarun, a provincial military police officer, identified the accused as Sao Nim, 41, former commander of Dambe district military police in Tboung Khmum province.
He said that Mr Nim was charged with causing involuntarily bodily harm and faces between six months and two years in jail and a fine of up to about $1,000 if convicted.
Maj Sarun said the accused was arrested by Prey Veng provincial military police on Saturday and is now in prison pending trial.
He said that at about 2 pm on Friday, Mr Nim and his wife drove from Tbong Khmum province to visit her parents in Prey Veng province’s Kanhchreach district.
Maj Sarun noted that after arriving at his in-laws’ house at about 6.30pm, the accused visited his brother-in-law Meth Heang who lived nearby and they both drank and finished a case of beer.
He noted that Mr Nim became drunk and started boasting about his position in the military police.
Maj Sarun said the accused took out his pistol to show it to Mr Heang.
“But while he displayed the gun to the victim, he accidentally discharged it,” he said. “The gun fired two bullets which hit the victim’s right shoulder, causing serious injuries.”
Maj Sarun noted that Mr Nim and his wife immediately sent Mr Heang to the provincial referral hospital for treatment.
He said after sending the victim to hospital, Mr Nim fled back to Tboung Khmum province, leaving his wife to take care of the victim at the hospital.
Maj Sarun said that in the meantime a neighbour, who witnessed the shooting, alerted police in the district’s Kanhchreach commune who later reported the matter to the provincial military police commander for further action.
He said Mr Nim was arrested on Saturday in Tboung Khmum province and police seized a pistol with five bullets from him.
Maj Sarun noted that the accused was brought back to Prey Venng province for questioning.