Mondulkiri Provincial Court yesterday charged a German tourist with drug use and for stealing a motorbike from a Cambodian farmer in Sen Monorom city.
Major Khim Bunthy, Sen Monorom city deputy police chief, identified the accused as Christopher Alexander, 34, a German tourist who was staying in Sen Monorom commune.
Maj Bunthy said that on Monday morning at about 11am, the accused was walking along a road in the commune when a Cambodian farmer driving a Honda Dream motorbike began approaching him.
“While the victim was driving his motorbike and was getting closer to him, the accused stopped him and began beating him,” he said. “He threatened to kill him and stole the motorbike and fled.”
The victim then walked to the local police station and filed a complaint, Maj Bunthy noted.
The accused was later arrested on Monday afternoon at his rental home. After his arrest, police confiscated the stolen motorbike from him and conducted a drug test, which came back positive.
Deputy provincial police chief Lieutenant Colonel Keo Bunthon said the accused was charged with drug use and theft with aggravating circumstances.
“He faces up to five years in jail if convicted,” he noted.
He added the accused has been jailed pending trial.