A 52-year-old American serving a 10-year sentence for child prostitution convictions was yesterday sentenced to a further three months in jail for drug use.
Judge Im Vanak of Phnom Penh Municipal Court identified the convict as James Allan Morrow, who has served seven years of his term for purchasing sex from a child, committing indecent acts on an 11-year-old girl and illegal drug possession.
“Although he denied that he smoked drugs inside Prey Sar Prison’s Correctional Centre 1, he did not provide any evidence to show the court that he is innocent,” said Mr Vanak.
“The court decided to convict him to three months and fine him $100.”
Mr Morrow was arrested by prison guards on June 28, 2016, after being caught smoking drugs inside his cell washroom while his cellmates were sleeping.
“Our prison guards arrested him red-handed after he smoked drugs inside the bathroom,” said Ouk Serey Ratanak, Chief of CC1’s Prisoner Building B.
“After his arrest, the prison guards seized a small package of crystal methamphetamine, two packages of cigarettes, as well as drug paraphernalia.”
Mr Serey Ratanak added that Mr Morrow confessed to using the drugs after being caught and said he’d bought them from other prisoners for personal use.
But during his October 16 trial, Mr Morrow denied the allegations, and said his confession after his arrest was a mistranslation.
Mr Morrow claimed that he was set up by other prisoners who disliked him.
According to court documents, Mr Morrow was first arrested on March 11, 2011 by municipal anti-human trafficking police for the sex and drug offences.
He has appealed his convictions to higher courts, but they have been upheld.