Seven in Court Over Woman’s Death in Construction Site Tragedy

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Crowd gather at the accident scene. (Photo: ABC Family Radio Facebook Page)

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 4, (Khmer Times) – Seven men, including one Chinese foreman, from the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) have appeared in court following the death of a woman killed last Sunday by falling debris from the construction site they were working on.

Puth Vanny, 48, died instantly after being hit on the head by a four meter long piece of metal. Ms. Vanny was riding a motorbike with her son and his fiancée near the construction site in the vicinity of the Olympic Stadium on Sunday afternoon, when she was struck by what is thought to have been a metal pipe. 

The seven OCIC employees were sent to the Phnom Penh Court by 7 Makara District Police. A Phnom Penh court official said that after the seven men were questioned by the court’s investigating judge they were returned to the custody of the police to await the result of further investigations.

One of the seven, Tian Song He, is a 48-year-old Chinese national who was working as a foreman on the construction site. Police named the other six men as Keo Chan, 48, foreman; Cham Chhun, 21; Cham Thoeuth, 23; Lon Samal, 36; Khoun Vichea,20; and So Savai, 24.

A local policeman said, “Puth Vanny’s family has filed charges with the 7 Makara district police to demand $100,000 compensation.” 

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