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Court hears appeals in jeans theft case

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused leave court yesterday. KT/Pann Rachana

The Court of Appeal yesterday heard the case of three men convicted of stealing a container shipment of jeans belonging to So Nguon Group in Kampong Speu province in 2016.

Presiding Judge In Vanvibol identified them as Ham Briya, 25; Thi Tith Eng, 38; and Mean Roeun, 22.

He said they were convicted on May 24 last year by Phnom Penh Municipal Court and sentenced to six years each in jail. They were charged with thefts with aggravating circumstances.

Judge Vanvibol noted all three filed appeals to reduce their sentences on June 4 last year.

He said that at about 12.30am on November 11, 2016, Mr Briya, a truck driver working with So Ngoun Group, was assigned to deliver a container loaded with more than 20,000 jeans from the company’s dry port in Por Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune to its warehouse in Phnom Penh Port in Daun Penh district.

Judge Vanvibol said Mr Briya instead drove the truck to a quiet spot in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon city where Mr Tith Eng and Mr Roeun were waiting.

He said the trio then broke open the container and loaded the jeans into a truck they had brought there.

Judge Vanvibol noted that that truck was fitted with GSP and the company’s owner had alerted police that it was being driven elsewhere.

“While they were looting the container shipment, provincial penal police forces, who were tracking the truck after it left Phnom Penh, arrested them,” he said.

During yesterday’s hearing, all three admitted committing the offence, saying that they stole the jeans to sell because they were poor and needed money. They urged the court to lower their sentences.

A verdict is due June 25.

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