Long sentences for killer thieves

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The suspects all met while serving time in prison. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a group of experienced thieves, who were caught after a fatal home robbery, to between 20 and 25 years in prison.

Judge Chea Chandeth identified those sentenced to 25 years as Y Sorphoan, 35, and Suong Thy, 58.

Sath Thim, 38; Svay Tak, 38; Sun Bunthoeun, 35; and Y Bora, 43, each received 23 years in prison.

Oeu Sopha, 31; Ham Han, 44; and Meas Thim, 36; were sentenced to 20 years.

“The court orders them to jointly pay $2,000 to the plaintiff in this case,” Mr Chandeth said.

Mr Siopha, Mr Han and Mr Bora remain at large.

All nine were seasoned thieves who served prison time in Kampong Speu province and met while incarcerated before their 2015 release.

In the December attack, the robbers, armed with five AK-47 rifles, broke into a family’s home in Por Senchey district, bound them with rope and taped their mouths shut.

While pointing their guns at the husband, wife, and their two sons, the daughter of the family emerged from her bedroom and the robbers forced her to reveal where the money and jewellery were hidden in the house.

When Kem Korn tried to enter the home to save his brother’s family, Mr Thy fired three bullets at him, fatally injuring him.

“I shot at the victim because he was intervening and tried to beat me,” Mr Thy said during his trial.

According to the victims’ claims, the robbers made off with $500 in cash, a gold necklace worth $1,000, a $500 gold ring and other items.

Mr Thy said that after the robbery, the loot was split among the nine members of the heist, with him taking most of the jewellery to pawn in Kampong Speu.

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