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Former restaurant employee charged over damaged property

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a man for allegedly damaging property inside a restaurant where he worked and threatening to set the building on fire over a salary dispute with the owner.

Major Sok Sameth, deputy chief of Koh Thom district police, identified the accused as Kheang Kimpich, 24, former general manager at Mi Heul Soeul Restaurant, which is located in Prek Thmey commune.

Maj Sameth said Mr Kimpich was charged with intentionally causing damage and faces between six months to three years in prison if convicted.

He added that the accused was arrested by district police on Sunday after he broke tables, chairs and dishes in the restaurant.

Maj Sameth said he was arrested after a complaint was filed against him by Lang Sotheary, 35, owner of Mi Heul Seoul Restaurant and Mr Kimpich’s former boss. The accused is currently in pre-trial detention.

Maj Sameth noted that Mr Kimpich began working as the restaurant’s general manager in May 2018.

Maj Sameth said the accused was fired from his job on Friday because he had often stolen money from the restaurant, adding that the owner did not pay Mr Kimpich’s salary after he was fired.

Maj Sameth said Mr Kimpich came to the restaurant at about 8.30pm on Sunday, when he began destroying the properties inside the restaurant, including tables, chairs and dishes.

“He was angry with the restaurant owner for firing him and not paying his salary,” Maj Sameth said. “He then came into the restaurant and damaged the restaurant’s properties, such as tables, chairs, dishes and other valuable items.”

“After destroying the properties, he started a fire and attempted to burn down the restaurant. But he was soon arrested by our officers,” he added.

Maj Sameth said after the arrest, police seized a lighter and many pieces of paper from him. He was then sent to Kandal Provincial Court yesterday, he added.

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