Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried three men over the death of a teen who was electrocuted during a fishing outing in which electric rods were used to stun fish in a pond.
Judge Seng Leang identified the accused as Suos Vanna, 28; Phan Dany, 34; and Ren Thol, 34, all garment factory workers living in Por Senchey district’s Trapaing Krasaing commune.
He identified the victim as Uong Song, 16, also a garment factory worker who lived in Chung Ruk village, along with the three men.
Judge Leang said that the three were charged with manslaughter and face up to three years jail and a fine of up to $1,600 each if convicted.
He said they were arrested on September 24 after they used electric rods to catch fish, resulting in Mr Song’s electrocution.
Captain Chan Thearith, a district police officer, yesterday told the court that at about midnight on September 23, the three accused and the victim planted cables connected to the electricity supply from their rental house in the village in order to stun and catch fish in the pond.
He said the three accused used rods to stun the fish before the victim picked them up.
Cap Thearith said that when they stunned a large fish, the accused told Mr Song to go into the water to fetch it out, causing him to be electrocuted.
“After a big fish was stunned by the electricity, they told the victim to enter the pond and retrieve the fish,” he said. “The electricity in the water gave Mr Song a severe shock.”
Cap Thearith noted that the victim fell unconscious due to the severe shock and the three accused tried to revive him but he died.
He said that the accused then wrapped the body with grass, threw it back into the pond and fled the scene.
Cap Thearith said that Mr Song’s body was discovered by a villager at about 10.30 am the next day.
He said the three accused were arrested at their rental house at about 2 pm on September 24 after a neighbour told police that he had seen Mr Song with them while they were stunning fish in the pond.
During yesterday’s trial, all three men admitted committing offence, saying that the victim suffered a shock after he entered the water to retrieve the fish.
They told the court that they did not intend to kill Mr Somg and pleaded for a lenient sentence.
“I did not shock or kill the victim,” Mr Dany said. “He died from electric shock after he went into the pond.”
A verdict is due June 25.