Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a 25-year-old man to five years in prison for stabbing a bread vendor and stealing his motorbike in Prek Pnov district last year.
Presiding Judge Key Manera said 25-year-old Han Doeun from Phnom Penh was convicted of theft with aggravating circumstances following his arrest in Kork Roka commune on December 30 last year.
“Based on the evidence and his confession at the trial, the court finds him guilty,” Judge Manera said. “Therefore, the court has sentenced him to five years in jail.”
Judge Manera said that at about 2pm on December 30 last year, the victim, Ngai Chheath, a 25-year-old bread vendor, was driving his motorbike while selling his bakery goods around a quiet area in front of the Kob Srov Pagoda in Kork Roka commune.
Judge Manera noted that upon seeing the victim, Mr Doeun pretended to be a customer and called on Mr Chheath to come to him.
The victim then drove his motorbike to approach Mr Doeun, who was standing at a quiet spot near the gate of the pagoda.
“But when the victim parked his motorbike, Mr Doeun took a vegetable knife from his trouser pocket and pointed it at him,” Judge Manera said. “The accused threatened to kill the victim and ordered him to leave the motorbike without making any noise.”
“Because the victim did not give him the motorbike as ordered, the accused then stabbed him many times with the vegetable knife, including on his right thigh and right hand, causing serious injuries,” he added.
Judge Manera noted that while Mr Doeun was stabbing the victim, he also attempted to steal Mr Chheath’s motorbike. He added that the victim shouted for help.
Judge Manera said that during the robbery, district military police forces patrolling the area heard the victim and immediately intervened. Police arrested Mr Doeun on the spot and seized the vegetable knife from him.
During his trial on May 10, Mr Doeun admitted committing the offence.
“I stole the victim’s property because I did not have any money. I did not have a job to make money,” Mr Doeun said.
Mr Doeun told the court that before his arrest on December 30, he had previously been convicted two times by the court.
In 2012, he said he was sentenced to three years in prison for intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances after stabbing a man and causing serious injuries over the dispute of a drink in Kork Roka commune. He said he was released from prison in 2015.
In 2017, Mr Doeun added that he was arrested again and sentenced to one year in prison for stealing 20 luxury phones from a phone shop in Prek Pnov district.
Mr Doeun said he had been free for two weeks before his most recent arrest on December 30.