Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 36-year-old high school teacher from Takeo province over the theft of his friend’s motorbike, which he then pawned to earn money for gambling.
The accused was identified as Nou Ithphearum, a teacher at Sok An High School in Takeo, in court documents.
Mr Ithphearum was charged with breach of trust yesterday and faces six months to three years in jail if convicted.
Mr Ithphearum was arrested on Monday in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district and is now in prison pending trial.
Captain Neang Savuth, a police officer with the municipal general crimes department, yesterday said that on November 23 Mr Ithphearum traveled by taxi from Takeo to join the Water Festival in Phnom Penh.
Cap Savuth said that the accused met with his old friend Phorn Phanha, 30, during the festival.
Cap Savuth said Mr Phanha ferried the accused around the city to enjoy the festival.
On the night of November 23, they both stayed at a guest house overnight in Toek La’ak II commune, he said.
The next day at about 6am, the accused borrowed the victim’s motorbike, telling him that he wanted to meet some of his students at the festival.
“But after he got the motorbike key from his friend, he took the bike and pawned it off at a shop,” he said. “He pawned it for $670 and after getting the money, took it to play games at a casino in Phnom Penh and completely lost it all.”
When the accused did not return with the motorbike, the victim filed a complaint with police, he noted.
On Monday morning at about 10am, the victim spotted the accused near a market and alerted police, who then made the arrest.
After the arrest, police managed to locate the stolen motorbike at the pawn shop and returned it to the victim, he added.