Australian restaurateur’s drug arrest in Cambodia
AUSTRALIAN restaurateur Damon Simms has been arrested and charged with setting fire to his guesthouse eatery and using narcotics in the Cambodian resort town of Siem Reap.
Simms, 39, had operated Gabi's Guesthouse & Bistro in Siem Reap for several years.
But after allegedly using drugs and arguing with his mother and partner, police say he began to set fire to their belongings at the property.
The fire was extinguished, but caused substantial damage.
When police arrested Mr Simms, who is described as having dual Australian and Irish citizenship, they charged him with deliberate damage and illegal use of narcotics.
Siem Reap Provincial Court Investigating Judge Oum Chanthol sent Mr Simms to pre-trial detention in Siem Reap Prison, after rejecting his appeal for bail.
His case is set down to be heard in the Siem Reap Provincial Court.