Official Admits Assault, But Won’t Pay Compensation

A district military police chief in Preah Vihear province allegedly beat up a karaoke singer and hurled a beer can in her face during a drunken assault in Kulen district, police and the singer said Sunday.

Kang Sophon, 33, said she plan­ned to file a complaint against Keng Kai, military police commander for Kulen, at the provincial court today requesting that he be punished and forced to pay $1,000 compensation for the alleged as­sault on July 8.

Kulen district police chief Sim Sun said that Keng Kai had come to him seeking help after the incident.

“He confessed to me he did hit this woman as he was too drunk, and asked me to help compromise to end the problem,” Sim Sun said.

“It is wrong to hit a woman and I already informed the deputy district governor to solve this problem, so I am waiting for his order,” Sim Sun said, adding that Keng Kai had agreed to apologize but could not afford to pay compensation.

Keng Kai could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Kang Sophon claimed that around 9 pm on July 8, she was singing with Keng Kai’s colleagues at a karaoke parlor in Thmei commune’s Dam Nak Katout village when he grabbed her from behind.

Kang Sophon rejected his em­brace, and he then allegedly beat her until she collapsed to the ground, leaving bruises across her face, chest and ribs, the singer alleged.

“I filed complaints with local authorities in Kulen district and [local rights group] Adhoc to help find justice for me,” Kang Sophon said.

Hun Saravuth, deputy provincial military police commander, said he had been informally told about the case, adding that that Keng Kai was still at work.

“Whatever he did wrong, let him solve it at the court,” Hun Saravuth said.

Adhoc provincial coordinator Hor Neat said he had witnessed the victim’s bruises and taken a statement from her last week, and is planning to file complaints with both the provincial court and the military police.

 

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