Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Chinese businesswoman with murder for ramming her luxury car into a motorbike, killing the rider and seriously injuring his passenger, in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.
Court documents identified the accused as Yuan Tang, 26, a constructions materials vendor living at a rental house in Sen Sok District’s Teuk Thla commune.
The court charged Ms Yuan with intentional murder and she faces up to 15 years if convicted. She was arrested on Monday and is now in prison pending her trial.
Third Lieutenant Sok Pheng, a district police officer, said at about 11.30pm on Monday, Ms Yuan was driving with a friend and went to park her car near Street 244 in Tuol Tumpoung 2 commune.
He said that while parking, she noticed the two Cambodian men Sarun Piseth, 28, and Be Sophea David, 24, on a motorbike heading towards the car and suspected that they were snatch thieves out to steal luxury phones from her and her friend.
Third Lieutenant Pheng added that to protect themselves from being robbed, Ms Yuan drove her car and hit the motorbike, seriously injuring both men.
“During her interrogation, Ms Yuan said that the two Cambodian men were thieves and attempted to rob the phones,” he said. “She said that she had tracked them heading towards her car through her phone’s GPS system.”