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Two of six security guards charged for brutal beating

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Suspects Prak Vanny and Koeun Sothea. Supplied

Two of six Borei Phiphop Thmey Company security guards arrested over the bloody beating of a businesswoman this week were yesterday charged with attempted murder.

Leng Sopheak, a Sen Sok district penal police officer, identified the two men charged as Prak Vanny, 36, and Koeun Sothea, 20.

“They were charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor with attempted murder,” he said. “According to their charges, they face up to 15 years each.”

Mr Sopheak said the other four guards, Var Visal, 18, Ros Varn, 21, Saban Pheaktra, 24, and Thy Than, 31, were released after further questioning revealed they were not involved in the beating.

Mr Sopheak said Kim Sophonwathana, 38, was found seriously injured, unconscious in a pool of blood on her apartment bed by her eight-year-old daughter in the Borei Phiphop Thmey Apartment complex in Sen Sok district’s Kork Khlaing commune at about 4.30am on Sunday.

The daughter then called her father, who had been at work since 3am, Mr Sopheak said.

“According to our investigation, the suspects beat and nearly killed the victim in order to steal her property,” said Mr Sopheak. “After the victim lost consciousness, they probably thought that she was already dead, so they collected her money and jewellery and fled.”

Mr Sopheak said the two men charged were the owners of security guard uniforms and caps found in the victim’s apartment after the beating.

The victim remains in hospital for treatment.

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