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Police Blotter: 20 Jan 2011

‘Cruel’ drunkard sets fire to relative’s home
A 49-year-old man has been arrested and detained after allegedly setting fire to his sister-in-law’s house in Kratie province’s Sambor district on Sunday. Police said the house was “completely damaged” and described the suspect as a “cruel person” who was “always drunk”. They noted that “no one in the village likes him”. Police said the suspect had confessed to setting fire to the house and went on to say that he “didn’t know why” he did it since he was “completely drunk” at the time.

Five detained after man beaten to death
Police have arrested five “gangsters” accused of beating to death the son of a karaoke bar owner in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Rieng town on Saturday. Police said a fight broke out after the owner of the karaoke bar accused one of the five suspects of attempting to steal a motorbike parked near his establishment. The victim was beaten to death after he tried to intervene in the fight, police said. The suspects have been sent to court.

Police investigate cash grab-and-dash
Police are investigating reports that an unidentified male smashed a glass stall in front of the home of a money changer, and fled with 5 million riel (US$1,238) in cash in Kampong Thom province’s Stung Sen district. The victim said she ran out of her home after hearing the glass of her stall smash, and gave chase to a boy who was wearing a uniform and carrying a hammer. She said she gave up the chase, however, because no one else was at home at the time of the robbery and she didn’t want to leave her home unattended.

Car vandal arrested in Kampong Chhnang
A 24-year-old man has been arrested and detained on suspicion of vandalizing a car in Kampong Chhnang province’s Kampong Chhnang town on Sunday. Police said the owner of the vehicle, who had left his car parked outside a coffee shop, had filed a complaint demanding compensation after finding that the mirrors on his car had been broken. Police said a suspect later confessed to having broken the mirrors for the simple reason that he had been “so drunk”, but claimed he could not pay compensation to the car owner because he was “so poor”.

Dead  body found on potato plantation
Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a potato plantation in  Kampong Cham province’s Stung Trang district on Sunday. Police have not ruled out foul play, but said the death was likely to have been from natural causes.



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