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Russian tourist faces jail over ATM damage

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The man accused of destroying an ATM machine. Supplied

A 53-year-old Russian tourist was charged by Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday for breaking an ATM after being unable to withdraw any money.

Pov Samnang, a police officer with the provincial major crimes unit, said Hapyhko Narchenko, who was arrested on Monday, was charged with intentionally causing damage and faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

On Monday at about 1.30pm, the drunken suspect went to an ABA Bank machine located in commune 4 and failed to withdraw money using his ATM card after several attempts.

“He got angry at the ATM for not working. He then punched it hard many times until it broke,” he said. “After destroying the machine, he fled but was later arrested by our provincial police forces in collaboration with the bank’s security guards.”

Mr Samnang added that Mr Narchenko has been sent to prison pending his trial.

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