Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday sentenced three men to three years in jail for beating a professor after he struck motorists in the city with his SUV in March.
However, Presiding Judge Leang Samnath suspended half of the sentence for the three men, leaving them with about one year left in jail after accounting for time served in pre-trial detention.
The judge also ordered An Phally, 34, An Vintheany, 21, and Yath Tithya, 21, to jointly pay about $125,000 in compensation to Suy Sareth, a University of Cambodia professor who suffered serious injuries after he was beaten by several motorists after the accident.
Judge Samnath noted they were arrested on March 13 and March 15 and charged with intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstance and also intentionally causing damage.
“The court has decided to convict them to three years each in prison,” Judge Samnath said. “However, the term of their punishment shall be reduced to 18 months and the rest of their sentences shall be suspended.”
“The court also orders them to jointly pay 500 million riels in damages and compensation to the plaintiff in the case,” he added.
Judge Samnath said that on March 11, Mr Sareth was driving his car along National Road 5 in Russey Keo district to pick up his wife who was waiting for him at a wedding ceremony in the city.
He noted that when Mr Sareth stopped his car during a traffic jam, a drunk man on a motorbike fell on the road in front of his car.
Judge Samnath said a group of men on motorbikes mistakenly thought that Mr Sareth had hit the motorbike.
He said the group started hitting Mr Sareth with helmets, causing serious injuries.
Full story in Tuesday’s paper