Swashbucklers fight over girl in Siem Reap
Four “gangsters” were arrested and briefly detained in Siem Reap town on Monday after they decided to use a swordfight to settle a dispute over a girl. Police said two of the men involved in the fight were in love with the same girl and had agreed that the winner of the duel – in which each was assisted by a trusty sidekick – would win exclusive rights to her. Police said the suspects had been “educated” and released after promising not to engage in swordfights in the future.
Serial kissing in park ends in pair’s detention
Police briefly detained a couple who were caught kissing in a public garden in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Police said the public display of affection was embarrassing, and called on the couple to limit themselves to expressing their love in private. The couple said they had “always sat and kissed in the garden” but agreed, after being “educated” by police, that they would restrain themselves in future.
Man stabs brother-in-law in drunken dispute
A 59-year-old man was seriously injured after his brother-in-law stabbed him with a knife during a dispute at their shared home in Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district on Tuesday. Police said the victim, who was drunk at the time, had come home on Tuesday night to find his son crying. The man’s brother-in-law allegedly flew into a rage upon being blamed for upsetting the child, and stabbed the victim twice in the stomach. The victim was sent to hospital and police detained the suspect for questioning.
Driver loses to street barrier in accident
A 58-year-old man died immediately when he crashed his motorbike through a street barrier in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Monday. Police said the man, who was on his way home after a night out with a friend, was driving recklessly, was under the influence of alcohol and had not been wearing a helmet.
Woman, 69, killed in Pursat house fire
A 69-year-old woman died in a house fire in Pursat province on Tuesday, after a mosquito net over the bed she was sleeping in caught fire. Police said a lamp next to the bed appeared to have been the source of the blaze. A quick response from firemen prevented the fire from spreading, the victim’s husband said. The victim was sent to hospital but doctors were unable to save her, citing the severe burns on her head as the likely cause of death.