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Police Blotter: 22 Feb 2012

Police Blotter: 22 Feb 2012

Toddler killed instantly after being hit by car
A three-year-old girl was killed by a car that crashed into her as she sat in front of her house in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district on Monday. Police said the car’s driver had parked in front of the victim’s house. After starting it up, he drove straight into her, and later fled the scene. Police said  the incident was caused by the driver’s carelessness. The car has been impounded by police, who are investigating the case. Rasmei Kampuchea

Police searching for pair who shot soldier
A soldier, 33, was allegedly shot by two men by mistake on Monday in the capital’s Tuol Kork district. Police said the victim was drinking with his friend when two men drove by on a motorcycle and attempted to shoot the victim’s companion, with whom they were known to be feuding. The soldier was shot instead and sent to hospital with serious injuries. Police are searching for the shooters. Rasmei Kampuchea

Gaming arcade draws ire of neighbours, police
Police in the capital’s Tuol Kork district arrested a man who ran an illegal gaming arcade on Monday. Police said neighbours had filed a complaint that children were addicted to playing games at the arcade and were missing school to visit it. In response, police raided the gaming arcade and arrested its owner, who operated a motorcycle washing business as a front. Police also seized and destroyed 30 sets of gaming machines. Kampuchea Thmey

Monk commits suicide by swallowing poison
A monk, 49, committed suicide by swallowing poison in Pursat province’s Kandieng district on Monday. Police reported that the monk died on the way to hospital. A fellow monk said the man, who had been in the monkhood for six years, had ordered a boy to buy poison for him, and ingested it in his room. He was later discovered by other monks who called for help. The victim’s mother said he had previously asked to leave the monkhood but she had refused. Kampucha Thmey

Young couple detained for snatching purse
A couple was arrested for allegedly stealing a handbag in front of a bank in the capital’s Chamkarmon district on Monday. Police said the suspects, a dating couple in their 20s, had grabbed the bag from a woman as she left the bank, and sped away. Police later caught them. Authorities said that the two had admitted to the crime and said it was not their first theft. Kampucha Thmey

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