Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a construction worker to two years jail for manslaughter over the death of his pregnant wife who fell from the 11th floor of a building under construction in Chamkar Mon district last year.
Bun Oun, 26, was convicted of unintentional homicide and drug use over the death of Long Nhanh, 25, said Presiding Judge Ky Manera.
Judge Manera said that Mr Oun was arrested by police after Ms Nhanh, also a construction worker at the site, was found dead after falling from the 11th floor of the building to the fifth floor at about 5.30pm on November 2 in the district’s Tuol Tumpoung II commune.
“The court decided to convict him to two years in prison and fine him $10,000,” Judge Manera said. “The court also orders him to pay $3,750 in compensation to his father-in-law Long Chea.”
Deputy prosecutor Ly Sophana said that on November 2 the victim took a lift up to the 11th floor to meet her husband.
He said that she found Mr Oun drinking beers with other workers and scolded him for not coming down to meet her. Mr Sophana said the couple got into argument.
“While he was arguing with her, he pushed her and she fell onto the fifth floor,” he said. “She was impaled on steel bars on the floor.”
After being sentenced, Mr Oun denied killing his wife or causing her to fall from the building, but confessed to smoking drugs.
He said that he did not meet up with his wife on the day that she fell and did not know that she had taken the lift up to the 11th floor.
Mr Oun said he only saw her body after hearing that she had died.
“I did not kill my wife or cause her to die by falling from the building,” he told the court. “I was very shocked when I saw my pregnant wife’s body; I lost my wife and baby.”
Mr Oun said he will likely file an appeal.