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Chinese charged with murder

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Yuan Tan makes a court appearance yesterday. TD News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Chinese businesswoman with murder for ramming her luxury car into a motorbike, killing its driver and seriously injuring the passenger in Phnom Penh’s Chamkamon district.

Court documents identified the accused as Yuan Tang, 26, a constructions materials vendor living at a rental house in Sen Sok district’s Toek 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 along Street 244 in Tuol Tumpoung II commune.

He said that while parking, she noticed two Cambodian men, Sarun Piseth, 28, and Be Sophea David, 24, on a motorbike heading toward the car and suspected that they were snatch thieves out to steal phones from her and her friend.

Third Lt 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. “To protect herself and her properties from being robbed, she then decided to chase after their motorbike and hit it.”

He noted that both Ms Yuan’s car and the motorbike were seriously damaged.

Third Lt Pheng said that police nearby the crash responded to the incident, detained both Ms Yuan and her friend and sent the two men to the hospital.​Ms Yuan’s friend was released on Tuesday since she was not involved in the murder, he noted.

Third Lt Pheng said that Mr Sophea David died from his injuries in hospital on Tuesday and Mr Piseth is still recovering.

He added that Mr Piseth is accused by police of attempted theft and will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court when he recovers.

He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

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