British Bar Owner Imprisoned for Debauchery

The British owner of a Phnom Penh bar was charged with de­bauchery and sent to Prey Sar pris­on on Saturday, Phnom Penh Mu­ni­cipal Court Chief Chev Keng said Sunday.

Matthew Richard Edge, 46, owner of the Slippery Sam bar on street 102 in Daun Penh district’s Wat Phnom commune, was arrested at his bar on March 21, said Keo Thea, deputy chief of the municipal anti-trafficking police department.

Police raided the Slippery Sam bar following a complaint filed by Edge’s estranged Cambodian wife, who alleged that he had tried to force her to have sex with his friend in the bar on two occasions, Keo Thea said.

Edge then allegedly threw his wife, Sok Sokhon, 23, out after she re­fused to have sex with his friend, and she subsequently filed a complaint with police, he said.

“We confiscated 15 discs of por­nography, a plastic battery-operated penis, one plastic bag of marijuana and a video camera with footage of [Edge] and his Khmer wife having sex,” Keo Thea alleged.

“We sent all this to the court on Saturday,” he said.

Keo Thea added that five wo­men who worked at the bar were present at the time of the police raid.

Chev Keng said Sunday that he and the municipal court’s chief prosecutor, Ouk Savouth, had decided to charge Edge with de­bauchery and had sent him on Saturday to Prey Sar prison for de­tention pending trial.

Article seven of the Law on Sup­pression of Kidnapping, Traf­ficking and Exploitation of Humans de­fines debauchery as the opening of a place for committing debauchery or obscene acts, which carries a pe­n­alty of one to five years in prison and up to $7,500 in fines.


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