Pailin Officials’ Sons Charged in Beating, Vandalism

A son of Pailin’s municipal police chief and two of his associates were charged by Battambang Provincial Court on Wednesday with causing injury to a niece and nephew of Pailin Governor Y Chhien and de­stroying property at their home, officials said.

Chorm Chhoeung, 22, a Pailin policeman and son of Municipal Police Chief Lay Chan Chhay, was arrested on Sunday evening, said Pailin’s Military Police Com­man­der Chhang Song. Doung Soken, 23, the son of Pailin agriculture department chief Chan Sokun; and Kol Chuon Nat, 23, the son of a local shop owner, were also arrested, Chhang Song said.

The three young men were charg­ed with causing injury and destroying property at Battambang Provincial Court on Wednesday morning and are being detained at the provincial prison, the court’s prosecutor Sar Yosthavirak said.

The three men are accused of beating up Y Chhien’s relatives after a car the suspects were travelling in was damaged in a crash with a motorbike on which Y Chhien’s nephew was driving on Sunday, Chhang Song said.

Both parties had initially parted ways on the road without event, but after they ran into each other later in the evening the three suspects chased Y Chhien’s nephew and niece home and beat them up, he added.

The three allegedly hit the two victims with a stick as well as destroying their property, Chhang Song said. Chhang Song declined to name Y Chhien’s niece and nephew, aged 22 and 18.

Lay Chan Chhay declined to discuss the allegations against his son. Y Chhien could not be contacted.



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