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Man charged over boy’s electrocution

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The accused used electrified wires to deter thieves. CEN

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a car garage owner who planted electrified wires around his plot of land without warning signs, leading to a 15-year-old boy to be electrocuted in Sen Sok district.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, district police chief, identified the accused as Pa Sothy, 65, living in Toek Thla commune.

He noted that Mr Sothy is charged with attempted murder and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He is now in prison pending trial.

Col Mengvang said the accused was arrested in his house on Saturday after the victim Phann Phanha, a garment worker living nearby, was electrocuted on the plot of land.

Second Lieutenant Sok Vannak, a commune police officer, said that from October 5 onwards, the accused set up the wires around his plot of land and switched on the electricity at night to deter thieves from entering his property.

He noted that Mr Sothy usually switched off the electricity in the morning.

Sec Lt Vannak said that on Saturday morning, however, the accused forgot to switch off the electricity.

He noted that at about 2.30pm, the victim entered the plot of land to urinate and stepped on the live wire.

“He suffered a shock and fell unconsciousness,” Sec Lt Vannak said. “Luckily neighbours saw what happened and rushed him to Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh.”

“He has now regained consciousness, but is still recovering,” he added.

Sec Lt Vannak noted that after Mr Sothy’s arrest, police seized the electric wires from the property.

He added that during his interrogation, the accused admitted to planting the wires to protect his property, but said that he did not intend to hurt or kill anyone.

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