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Police Blotter: 13 Aug 2012

Long-running feud ends in cleaving of ties
A 19-year-old security guard was hacked in the back with a cleaver on Wednesday night in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, suffering critical injuries. The suspect, a 25-year-old gang member, allegedly chopped the victim twice in a final showdown following a spate of brawls the pair had fought over several months. The suspect attempted to flee, but the victim’s family and nearby villagers pinned him down. The victim is still in hospital, while the suspect, and the cleaver, were sent to court. Kampuchea Thmey

Man’s best friend, moto thief’s worst enemy
A young farmer in Pursat’s Krakor district was in distress early on Saturday morning after his pets were fatally poisoned and his motorcycle was stolen. Police said the 27-year-old victim’s four dogs and a pig were poisoned by two men who broke into the ground floor of his home. The poor pooches let out a final bark before collapsing, rousing the victim, but the suspects had fled the scene, taking with them the victim’s motorcycle. Police are continuing investigations. Kampuchea Thmey

Hit-and-run becomes a hit-and-swim
A 28-year-old man is dead after a horrific truck accident in Battambang’s Samlot district on Friday night. Police said the victim was riding alone on a motorcycle when a speeding truck slammed into him. The man died instantly, but the driver of the lorry did not stop, careening down the road and veering into a pond. That didn’t slow the suspect down, though, as he abandoned the crash scene and fled on foot. Police are continuing investigations. Nokorwat

Out-of-work man’s terrible career choice
A roaming thief was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday morning after a botched attempt to rob several properties. Police said the 41-year-old suspect had woken up homeowners and their dogs when he tried to break into their homes. Villagers chased the suspect and turned him over to police. He admitted to the crime, but said it was his first time and that he had to steal as he was unemployed. Nokorwat

Revenge is a dish best served cleaved
A nasty revenge fight in Kampong Chhnang on Thursday left a 35-year-old man critically injured in hospital. Police said the victim and his 25-year-old friend were riding a motorcycle to visit family in a village when a 28-year-old man blocked the road and pulled out a cleaver, whacking the victim in the head and rendering him unconscious. According to the victim’s fam-ily, the two men had fought before. The suspect is still at large. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Phak Seangly

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