The son of popular comedian Oeun Sarith, also known as Honda, was convicted yesterday for the murder of his father’s second wife and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The young man’s girlfriend, who was present at the time of the murder, was sentenced to five years. The comedian’s son broke into the victim’s house to rob her, and then strangled her dead during a scuffle.
Judge Duch Soksarin of Phnom Penh Municipal Court identified the convicts as Oeun Sokhen, also known as A Nich, 18, and his girlfriend Neth Rasmey Kanika, 17.
Sok Neary, 20, a friend of the victim, 18-year-old Sim Chanthy, said the court judgment was too lax compared to the severity of the crime.
“They killed a person but the court only convicted them to five and seven years each,” Ms Neary said. “I think they should at least have been jailed for ten years.”
The convicts’ lawyers could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, during their trial on December 18, Mr Sokhen and Ms Kanika both confessed to the crime. They admitted they were drug users and wanted to steal the victim’s possessions to purchase drugs. When she confronted them, Mr Sokhen killed her.
The body of Ms Chanty, also known as Akar, the second wife of Honda, was found in the bathroom of her apartment in Phnom Penh on May 11.
CCTV footage showed Mr Sokhen and Ms Kanika leaving the apartment, and they were arrested by military police on May 12.