Smoker sparks blast at petrol station
A 23-YEAR-OLD woman was burned in a petrol explosion in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Friday. Police said that the victim is the owner of the gas station and was filling up a customer’s car, when the owner lit a cigarette that caused the explosion. The driver of the car escaped before he could be identified. The gas station was badly damaged, and the victim was sent to hospital.
Snake smugglers snared but slither away
22 KILOGRAMS of wild snakes were confiscated by police in Battambang city on Friday. Police said the snakes were packaged in a box labelled “oranges” that was to be sent to Phnom Penh by bus. Yet when the bus driver was loading the box, he felt something moving inside and filed a complaint to the police. Police discovered the wild snakes and freed them into the jungle, but did not arrest the suspects.
Man killed in gruesome tour bus crash
A 31-YEAR-OLD man died in a traffic accident in Siem Reap on Friday after he was struck in the head by a tour bus while driving home on his motorbike. Witnesses caught the driver while he tried to escape. Police have impounded the vehicles and detained the driver to try to find a solution.
Drunk attempts rape of underage girl
A 28-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after he attempted to rape a 12-year-old girl in Banteay Meanchey’s Thmar Pouk district on Friday. Police said that the suspect is a friend of the victim’s brother, and the two went to drink together. The suspect asked to sleep at the home of the victim because he was afraid to face his mother while drunk. He then attempted to rape the victim but she shouted for help, and her brother delivered the suspect to police.
Body pulled out of Stung Treng pond
A FISHERMAN found a woman dead in a pond in Stung Treng city on Friday. Police concluded that no crime had taken place and that she died of drowning. Her brother said that she suffered from a mental illness and she frequently wandered out of their home, to the point where he often kept her confined in a room. She had been missing for two days when her body was discovered.
Drug addicts busted in Dangkor without drugs
POLICE in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district arrested two men suspected of drug distribution and drug using. Police did not manage to find any drugs, aside from paraphernalia and concluded the men were drug addicts. They have been detained for further questioning.