Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant

Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Pan Sokivatey at the Appeal Court on Thursday. Kim Sarom

Court prosecutor seeks leniency for appellant

A prosecutor on Thursday asked the Appeal Court to reduce the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down to a cashier after she admitted stealing more than $60,000 from a Phnom Penh private clinic at the end of 2017 to pay for her mother’s medical expenses.

Prosecutor Im Sophan asked the court to consider the appellant’s love and sacrifice for her mother when requesting the reduced sentence.

Pan Sokivatey, 28, told the court that she worked at the private medical clinic in Phnom Penh, where she took payment from patients. After working there for more than a year, she began stealing money between November 2017 and the start of January last year.

She said she only stole the money because her mother was seriously ill and she did not have the money for her treatment.

‘Only those last few months’

Sokivatey said for every $15 paid, she would take $10 and record $5 for the clinic, stealing an average of $150 a day. She said she stole for only a brief period, while the owner of the clinic accused her of doing so for more than one year, something she denied.

“I only took money in those last few months. After [being found out], I returned about $10,000 to the clinic owner, but she never wrote a letter confirming she had received the money."

“I would like to request the court to allow me to serve only one year in prison and suspend the punishment for one and a half years,” she said.

According to court records, the owner got suspicious after the clinic’s account was losing money. The owner talked with the suspect who confessed to taking the money. The owner then called police.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sokivatey to two and a half years in prison and ordered her to pay the owner $65,698.

Presiding judge Sin Visal said the court will hand down its verdict on February 22.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • ‘Kingdom lacks up to 400MW in available electricity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the general public, hoteliers and businesspeople with generators to use them as back-up as the Electricity Authority of Cambodia cannot generate enough electricity to meet needs due to low water levels in power station reservoirs. On Saturday evening

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border

    African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday. Tan Phannara, the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general, told a Phnom Penh workshop that