A high-ranking Social Affairs Ministry official was charged on Saturday with beating a 28-year-old woman and threatening to kill her in anger at her demands that he repay $25,000 that he borrowed.
Phlong Piseth, 34, deputy director of youth rehabilitation at the ministry, was charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s prosecutor with an “intentional act of violence”.
He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
Municipal police officer Sok Visal said Mr Piseth was arrested after a complaint by drinks vendor Kim Ly in Phnom Penh Thmey commune.
Mr Piseth was ordered by the investigative judge to be detained pending trial.
Mr Visal said that in 2016, Mr Piseth borrowed the money from the victim, whom he knew well, for his personal use.
He never repaid the money.
On Friday, Ms Ly called him and demanded payment. She agreed to meet him at a restaurant in Thmey district.
Mr Piseth drove his luxury car to the restaurant accompanied by three friends.
Ms Ly arrived nearly an hour late. Mr Piseth then attacked and injured her.
“He was angry at the victim for always calling him and asking for the money but when he came to meet her to negotiate the debt, she came late and kept him waiting for too long,” he said.
“He grabbed her hair and kicked her.
“After beating the victim, he and his friends got into the car and fled.”
Mr Piseth was arrested the same afternoon based on the victim’s complaint and evidence of the incident caught on the restaurant’s CCTV cameras.