Foreigner Falls 5 Floors in Soriya Mall, Phnom Penh


Phnom Penh : A male Caucasian foreigner fell 5 floors down the escalator well of the Soriya Shopping Mall to his immediate death, creating an uproar at 6:30 pm of the 20th of November, 2012, in Psar Tmey 1 Commune, Daunh Penh District.

The body of the man has not yet been identified, but he was attired in camouflage shorts ខោទាហានជើងខ្លី and a red sleeveless t-shirt អាវយឺតពណ៌ក្រហមវៀលក្លៀក … presently police have cordoned off the area with yellow tape while they conduct an investigation of the body to determine whether his death was a suicide or an accident ជាការធ្វើអត្តឃាត ឬធ្លាក់ដោយការធ្វេសប្រហែស.

Khmer news from the Koh Santepheap translated by Porky Pig

Update: the foreigner has now been identified as Binjamin Tenne – an Israeli citizen.

Expat reaction on this K440 forum thread.


4 comments on this post.
  1. Peter Hogan:

    There really is very little reason to head up to the top floor at Soriya unless you are going there to take in the excellent panoramic view looking out towards the river and the palace.

    Apart from the view, there’s a fairly tawdry roller blading rink, a scruffy little cafe and that’s about it unless you wander around the corner where there is a somewhat seedy looking (and I think abandoned) ‘pub’ or club.

    Also, there are barriers up there to prevent people jumping from the building externally. However, there is nothing to stop people from jumping internally – as we found out today.

  2. gaga:

    I am connected to the Israeli community in Phnom Penh, and my ex-boss himself is alos an israeli citizen. Can you provide more details regarding this guy ? no one know about this accident yet from Israeli side, even if the israeli embassy in Bangkok doesnt know about it.

    Can you help? what is going on? did the police moved his body to somewhere else?


  3. chris:

    there’s nothing up there? havent you noticed the 5 screen cinema?

    i saw skyfall there the other week. no pun intended

  4. Glen Rose:

    This is certainly strange. Obviously one could not fall by accident. Maybe it was suicide or plain stupidity that enabled him to go to the necessary movements to jump or fall.

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