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Appeal Court reduces sentences of five jailed over murder bid

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The Appeal Court reduces the sentence of five convicts in 2016 murder case. Fresh News

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld the sentences of three men and two women who were convicted in 2017 by Phnom Penh Municipal Court to differing verdicts, ranging from 30 years to a life sentence, for a grenade-attack murder attempt in 2016.

However, the Appeal Court has reduced their sentences from 30 to 10 years and from the life sentence to only 30 years in prison.

Presiding Judge Pol Sam Oeun identified the three men as Sak Mab, 36, Nou Samban, 33, and Bun Pheakdey, 32, and the two women as Sok Kimly, 41, and Bou Sopheap, 25.

Judge Sam Oeun said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 15, 2017, sentenced Kimly to life in prison for being a “mastermind of premeditated murder” under Article 200 of the Criminal Code, while Mab, Samban, Pheakdey and Sopheap were convicted to 30 years in prison each for being an “accomplice of premeditated murder”.

Judge Sam Oeun said they appealed their convictions to the Appeal Court and asked to have their sentences reduced.

He added that the Appeal Court heard their appeal trial on September 30.

“Based on the trial and their confessions, the Appeal Court has found them guilty,” Judge Sam Oun read the verdict. “Therefore, the Appeal Court has decided to uphold the ruling dated September 15, 2017, of Phnom Penh Municipal Court.”

“However the Appeal Court reduces the sentence of Kimly to only 30 years in prison, and the sentences of Mab, Samban, Pheakdey, and  Sopheap, to only 10 years each,” he added.

The five convicts could not be reached for comment.

According to a court document, in 1998 Kimly married a Singaporean businessman Robert Tan, and they lived together in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.

It said in 2015, due to Tan working abroad a lot, Kimly began a love affair with a businesssman Ear Lihour.

It added that in mid-August 2016, Kimly hired Sopheap to find a hitman to kill Lihour in exchange for $20,000.

Sopheap contacted her husband Pheakdey who hired his friend Samban as the hitman, who in turn recruited Mab to be his accomplice, the document said.

It said Kimly gave Pheakdey a gun and $10,000, promising that the other $10,000 would be paid after Lihour was killed.

Pheakdey hired Samban and Mab to do the deed for $5,000, it added.

The document stated that at 7pm on September 6, 2016, after not finding an opportunity to shoot Lihour, Mab and Samban threw a grenade into what they believed was his house in Chamkar Mon district, and fled.

“They threw it in the wrong house, seriously injuring four people and damaging four cars,” the document said.

The five accused were later arrested at different places in Phnom Penh on September 24, 2016.


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