The family of a teenage girl in Svay Rieng City yesterday filed a complaint at the provincial court, seeking $2,500 in compensation after their daughter alleged that she was punched and kicked by two military police trainees on Monday, the victim’s family and police said.
Sao Vanna, the victim’s father, said he filed a complaint because the suspects “hit and kicked” his daughter, 17-year-old Sao Sreymom, when she went to the provincial military headquarters to confront the suspects after receiving an abusive phone call.
Mr Vanna claimed his daughter received the call on Monday evening, and when she answered, one of the suspects, Chan Rotana, began cursing for no reason, before passing the phone to the other suspect, Suy Mai. When she said they had the wrong number and asked where they were calling from, the suspects told her that they were at the military police headquarters.
Ms Sreymom said a friend accompanied her to the station, where, upon arriving, she was allegedly beaten and “fell down on the street in front of crowds of military police.”
Mr Vanna said he took his daughter to the doctor that night.
Ms Sreymom said that she did not know the suspects or why they called her. She said a complaint was filed with Svay Rieng commune police on Monday and with the court yesterday.
Reached by telephone yesterday, Mr Rotana admitted calling and cursing Ms Sreymom, but said that she then went to the headquarters and vandalized his motorbike. He confronted her outside, and a brawl ensued between himself, Mr Mai, the plaintiff and her friend, Prum Thanin.
“I want to try and negotiate this outside the court,” he said.
Svay Rieng commune police chief Pen Samoeun said that he had summoned Mr Rotana and Mr Mai for questioning, but that they refused. Mr Samoeun said the pair were trainees at the military police headquarters and that he would send a letter to the suspects’ commander, Colonel On Sing.
Col Sing could not be reached for comment.