CAMBODIAN LAZARUS RISES FROM THE DEAD
In a surprising turn of events in Banteay Meanchey province, a man who had been presumed dead shocked friends and family by regaining consciousness as his body was being transported from the province’s O’Chrov district to his funeral in Poipet town. The modern-day Lazarus revealed himself on Monday, after well-wishers had flocked to his family home to offer condolences to his grieving family members. Banteay Meanchey resident Moeung Mao, the man’s father, said his son had recently returned home from work in Thailand and was presumed dead on Sunday night after he fell ill and appeared to stop breathing.
GOOD SAMARITANS STOP MOTO THIEF
A man from Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district was arrested on Monday morning after being accused of an act of inept motorbike thievery. Police said that the suspect snatched a motorbike owned by a 20-year-old man who had left his vehicle idling outside his house with the key in the ignition. The victim came back to witness the theft, however, and shouted to local people in the street who blocked the path of 28-year-old Yan Cheat, the Tuol Kork district man who has been accused in the case.
WHITE WINE FUELS MACHETE ATTACK
Military police in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district arrested a man for allegedly assaulting his neighbour with a machete. District officials said that 41-year-old Chhay Vanna spent Monday drinking white wine from morning to evening. On his way home, he allegedly attempted to attack his neighbour, Prak Voeun, with an ax. Later, however, he returned with a machete and wounded his victim in the leg, police said.
BANDITS MAUL OWNER OF GROCERY STORE
A couple was killed by unknown assailants who chopped them with an axe and knife while they were sleeping at their small grocery store near Sorya Rainsy pagoda in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district. According to informal sources, nuns and clergymen who lived next to the couple’s store became aware of the attack when the victims screamed for help but were scared to come help. After the assailants escaped, they came to see. Police are now hunting for the killers and believe the attack was motivated by revenge rather than robbery.