Woman Who Threw Acid on Pregnant Sister Released

A woman who doused her pregnant teenage sister with diluted battery acid in retaliation for an affair the victim was having with the suspect’s husband was on Wednesday fined and released following a snap trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, a court official said.

Deputy prosecutor Oum Sopheak said that during questioning at the municipal court on Tuesday, Pov Pisey, 25, confessed to pouring the acid on her younger sister at the victim’s house in Pur Senchey district, leading him to charge her with minor violence later.

“She admitted that she bought the battery acid, and thought that it was not enough, so mixed it with water,” he said.

Mr. Sopheak said Presiding Judge Mong Mony Sorphea on Wednesday found Ms. Pisey guilty, but let her off with a fine.

The victim, Pov Kunthea, 17, said she went to the court on Tuesday to ask Mr. Sopheak to drop the charges against her older sister, explaining that she felt partly to blame for the attack, which merely caused her eyes to burn.

“I voluntarily asked the [deputy] prosecutor to drop the charge against my sister because I also felt I had made a mistake,” she said, admitting that she was pregnant to her sister’s husband.

“I’ve had a long relationship with my brother-in-law,” she said.

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