The Appeal Court yesterday upheld a lower court’s decision to sentence three people to six years in prison after they were found guilty of stealing jeans from a company’s shipping container in 2016.
Presiding Judge In Vanvibol identified the three as 25-year-old Ham Briya, 38-year-old Thi Tith Eng and 22-year-old Mean Roeun, all of whom were taxi drivers.
Judge Vanvibol said Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 24, 2018 found them all guilty of theft with aggravating circumstances, noting that on June 4, Mr Briya, Mr Tith Eng and Mr Roeun pleaded to the Appeal Court to have their sentence reduced.
“The Appeal Court has decided to uphold the decision of Phnom Penh Municipal Court,” he said. “If they do not agree with this, they have the right to make an appeal to the Supreme Court within one month.”
Judge Vanvibol said the three broke into a container belonging to So Ngoun Group in November, 2016 at about 12.30am.
He said Mr Briya was a truck driver for the company and he was assigned to deliver a container filled with 20,000 jeans from the port in Por Senchey district to be stored in Daun Penh district.
Judge Vanvibol said Mr Briya instead drove the truck to a quiet spot in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon city, where Mr Tith Eng and Mr Roeun were waiting.
“While they were looting the container shipment, provincial penal police forces, who were tracking the truck after it left Phnom Penh, arrested them,” he said.
The three did not comment yesterday.
However, during their trial on June 11, they admitted committing the offence, saying that they stole the jeans to sell because they were poor and needed money.