Battambang Man Charged for Punching Australian Woman

A man who punched an Australian woman in Battambang City last week after she drunkenly hit him with her motorbike was charged with intentional violence on Monday, a police official said.

Nhan Chamroeun, 22, was walking along a road in the Ratanak commune on Wednesday night when Diana Thompson, a 59-year-old English teacher, collided with him on her way home from a restaurant, according to city police chief Pang Heang.

An argument ensued and Mr. Chamroeun became violent, he said, adding that both were intoxicated at the time.

“He punched her in the eye and she managed to hit him in the testicles and then he fled the scene,” he said. “Her left eye was swollen, with a black bruise.” Mr. Heang said.

Ms. Thompson filed a complaint with police the next morning but that authorities were unable to identify and arrest Mr. Chamroeun until Sunday.

“The judge decided to jail him for intentional acts of violence,” provincial court spokesman Touch Sopheakdey said after Mr. Chamroeun was questioned at the court.

The crime carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment.

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