Uncle’s skull broken as land dispute gets violent
A nephew is accused of breaking his 38-year-old uncle’s skull during an ongoing land dispute in Prey Veng’s Biem Re district that descended into violence on Wednesday. The victim had been arguing with his bro-ther over the ownership of a small plot of land passed down from their parents.
In the heat of the argument, his brother’s son took a spade to the back of his head. The nephew and his family fled the scene and relatives rushed the victim to hospital, where he is in a critical condition.
Woman steals necklace from three-year-old
A 21-year-old woman was arrested after stealing a necklace from a three-year-old in Phnom Penh’s Toul Kork district on Wednesday. The child, who was at the market with her aunt, cried out when the theft occurred. The aunt pursued the woman, who said she had stolen the necklace out of desper-ation, as her husband had abandoned her, leaving her unable to provide for her seven-month-old baby.
The woman is in jail awaiting trial.
Son assaulted mum to get cash for drugs
A man, 21, was arrested after his parents, fed up with his drug-related violence, filed a complaint with police. The son had often hit his mother and damaged things in their home to get money from his parents to fund his drug habit. He is now in jail awaiting trial.
Police arrest teenager over jewellery theft
A boy, 15, was arrested on Wednesday after burgling a home in Streng Treng’s Streng Treng district. After returning home from the market, the homeowner, 50, found his front door unlocked and his house a mess, with US$1,500 and jewellery missing. Acting on a tip from neighbours, police were able to arrest the teenager a week later and are on the hunt for his accomplices.
Authorities finally catch serial robbers
Two serial robbers were arrested on Wednesday after snatching a necklace from a 54-year-old woman in a drive-by motorbike robbery in Phnom Penh’s Dang Kao district. The victim cried out for help and nearby police pursued the suspects, finally firing a shot in the air to frighten them. The robbers were then involved in an accident. Police said they had been on the lookout for the men for a long time. The suspects are in jail awaiting trial, but the necklace was lost in the pursuit.