Woman arrested after shots fired at pagoda

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The accused and the gun used at the pagoda. National Police

Daun Penh district police yesterday arrested a woman accused of discharging a loaded gun in the air at the Saravan pagoda in Chey Chumneah commune on Friday after discovering that a ritual conducted on her two years ago did not work.

A district police report revealed the identity of the suspect as 28-year-old Phan Sreylin, who lives in Prampi Makara district’s O’Russey IV commune.

It said she was arrested after she fired the shots while at the pagoda, noting that the gun she used was confiscated.

The report said that in 2017, a monk identified as Soeun Piseth performed a blessing ceremony on Ms Sreylin. However, Ms Sreylin said she did not receive good luck.

The report said Ms Sreylin complained that she could not sleep at night after the ceremony was performed and that it felt like black magic had been cast upon her.

“She got angry with the monk because the water blessing did not provide luck,” the report said. “She fired two shots in the air at the pagoda, but no one was injured.”

“She confessed that she bought the gun in Thailand in April,” the report added.

Colonel Tieng Chansar, chief of district police, said the suspect was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.

Venerable Khim Sorn, chief of the secretariat of the Mohanikaya Monk Order, yesterday said he has only heard about the incident.

“I’m not sure about this case because I am waiting for a report from the chief monk of the pagoda,” Ven Sorn said, noting that monks are not supposed to perform the ritual. “The Buddha banned monks from working as traditional healers because monks will lose their purity for monkhood.”

Venerable Sim Sar Yong, chief monk of Saravan pagoda, declined to comment yesterday.

Y Rin, spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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