Two inmates were injured and another fainted after a fight broke out inside Pailin provincial prison on Monday.
Lieutenant Colonel Lim Veasna, provincial prison chief, yesterday said that three women inmates started attacking each other at about 11.30am on Monday. He said one woman fainted and two others were injured in the fight.
Lt Col Veasna said Roeun Chakriya, a former provincial cadastral official who is being held at the prison while facing an ongoing fraud investigation, is suspected to have started the fight. He added that Ms Chakriya injured her left hand in the fight.
“We suspect that Ms Chakriya is the perpetrator,” he said. “Upon questioning, she still refuses to admit to what she has been accused of.”
Lt Col Veasna added that officers are still investigating the cause of the brawl.
He identified the remaining two inmates who were involved in the fight as Srey Mean, who fainted, and Seung Lupha, who attempted to break up the fight and injured her right hand.
He noted that other inmates eventually intervened to stop the fight before prison guards arrived at the scene.
Lt Col Veasna said Ms Mean is currently receiving treatment at a provincial hospital and Ms Chakriya is still being questioned.
He noted that it was the first time a fight had broken out inside the prison, adding that officers are addressing the incident seriously in order to prevent a similar case from happening again in the future.
“We are planning to file a complaint against the suspect because she violated prison policy and caused disorder,” Lt Col Veasna said.
Ms Chakriya, 32, who is also a land broker, was arrested last month for allegedly cheating a property businesswoman out of more than $200,000 in Sala Krao district.
In November, Ms Chakriya received $250,000 from a 36-year-old woman, who is a property businesswoman and also the suspect’s close friend, to buy a plot of land in Pailin city to build a guesthouse.
The suspect organised the land ownership but instead put her own name on the documents and proceeded to construct a guesthouse that was eventually completed on July 18. The victim found out she was cheated by Ms Chakriya and filed a complaint against her to provincial penal police.