What could have led this unlicensed doctor to have infected 100 villagers with HIV infection? He had used unsterilized needles and syringes on different patients over a period of time before he was able to infect such a number of innocent people.
Hundreds of panicked residents of Roka village in the western province of Battambang have flocked for testing since news of the infections emerged two weeks ago, with more than 100 people believed to have been infected by Yem Chroeum.
The man, who is not thought to have undertaken formal medical training, had the intention to infect villagers with the virus, a police chief said.
He was charged with three counts which include the intention to infect others with HIV/AIDS, murder with cruel act, and operating an unlicensed clinic.
He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted. The motive for the alleged deliberate infections is still very unclear.