THEFT SUSPECT FACES VIGILANTE JUSTICE
Villagers in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district engaged in a bout of vigilante justice, beating an accused thief before finally handing the man over to police. The incident happened Sunday, when the man allegedly snatched a platinum necklace from a woman. Villagers beat the man, but later turned him over to police. They said that the man, a construction worker, stole the necklace from the woman while she was chatting in front of her rented room.
EVERYBODY WAS BAMBOO FIGHTING
Five people have been arrested after they were accused of critically wounding five people with bamboo sticks during a wedding in Kampong Cham province Saturday. Police said the attack was sparked after the suspects, who were guests of the bridegroom, tumbled into a heated argument with guests of the bride while they were dancing. The case has been sent to provincial court after military police executed the arrest Saturday.
COPS CLOSE BOOKS ON OPEN AND SHUT CASE
Some super sleuthing by police in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district has led to the arrest of two 29-year-old men accused of distributing illegal drugs to customers in front of a hotel. Police said they had investigated the case secretly before making the arrest Saturday. Police said the men have been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court to be sentenced – which will presumably happen only after they receive a fair trial.
PRISON SENTENCE COMES YEARS LATER
A man and woman have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms of 15 and 20 years, respectively, after they were convicted Monday of trying to send two Cambodian women to Malaysia to work as prostitutes. The sentence comes years after their December 2004 arrests. However, the suspects have rejected the allegations. They said they merely asked the two women to take care of their children so they could beg for money.
HUSBAND, WIFE CALL RAPE CHARGE BOGUS
Police have detained a man accused of rape, as well as his wife, who was accused of attacking police with a long stick when officers swooped in for the arrest. Banteay Meanchey provincial police say the incident happened Tuesday after the man was accused of attempting to rape a woman. However, the husband and wife both deny the allegation; the man says this is the second time he has been falsely accused of raping the woman.