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Vietnamese jailed for using samurai sword and drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Nguyen Choangchou leaves court yesterday. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a Vietnamese national to a year in prison for unauthorised possession of a samurai sword and using drugs last year.

Judge Key Manera identified him as Nguyen Choangchou, 37, the owner of a recycling shop in Prek Pnov district.

He said that Mr Choangchou was charged with unauthorised possession of a weapon and drug use. He was arrested on October 23 last year.

“The court decided to convict him and sentenced him to a year in prison,” Judge Manera said. “The court also ordered him to pay one million riel to put in state’s coffers.”

Major Duong Sophath, district deputy police chief, said that Mr Choangchou was a known drug dealer and user.

He said that at about 9am on October 23, police received a report from a village security officer about a group of youths using drugs at the recycling shop.

Maj Sophath said that upon receiving the report, police officers went to the shop in Prek Pnov commune to investigate.

“When police were entering the shop Mr Choangchuo, who was high on drugs, came out armed with a long samurai sword to confront them,” he said. “He threatened to hack our police officers but was arrested.”

Maj Sophath noted that during the commotion the other drug users fled from the shop.

He added that after the arrest, police seized a metre-long samurai sword and other drug paraphernalia from his shop.

Maj Sophath said Mr Choangchuo tested positive for drug use.

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