Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced an ex-soldier and two construction workers to six years in jail each for robbing a garment worker of his motorbike at gunpoint in Por Senchey district in May.
Presiding Judge Leang Samnath identified the ex-soldier as Pung Chev, 34, and the other two as Hak Seiha, 30, and Morn Sith, 26.
They were convicted of theft with aggravating circumstances and unauthorised possession of weapons.
“The court has decided to convict them to six years each in prison,” Judge Samanth said. “The court also orders them to jointly pay a total of $500 in compensation to the plaintiff in the case.
He said that at about 7.30pm on May 19, Mr Chev, Mr Seiha and Mr Sith were on a motorbike and chased after the victim Sam Buna, 24, who was riding his Honda Dream along a quiet stretch of road in Samrong commune.
Judge Samnath noted that Mr Seiha drove the motorbike with Mr Sith seated in the middle and Mr Chev, who was armed with a gun, sat at the back.
He said that after catching up with the victim, Mr Chev pointed the gun at Mr Buna’s chest and threatened to shoot him. The victim, who was afraid, managed to flee on foot after leaving his motorbike behind.
“When the victim fled, Mr Sith picked up his motorbike and rode off on it,” he said. “Mr Seiha and Mr Chev rode the other motorbike to escort him.”
Judge Samnath noted that Mr Chev later pawned Mr Buna’s motorbike for $700 at a shop in Tuol Kork district’s Toek La’ak II commune.
Judge Samnath said the three men were arrested at their rental house in Por Senchey district’s Kakab commune on June 3 after police found the stolen motorbike in the pawnshop and were given Mr Chev’s details.
He added that after their arrests, police handed the stolen motorbike back to Mr Buna.
The three men yesterday declined to comment on their sentences.
However, during their trial on November 1 they all admitted committing the offence, claiming that it was their first robbery.
They said they decided to steal the motorbike because they did not have money to buy food or pay rent.