Two hurt in un-foretold robbery of fortune teller
A husband and wife, both 44 years old and employed as cooks for a fortune teller, were injured when their employer’s home was robbed in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Leu district on Saturday. District police said four men raided the house armed with two AK-47 rifles, beating the female cook and shooting her husband in the shoulder when he attempted to help her. The robbers made off with 600,000 riel (US$150) and a piece of costume jewellery, police said. The wounded man was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment and police are searching for the suspects.
Three teens arrested for illegal gambling
Police on Saturday arrested and detained overnight three teenagers, aged 14 and 15, accused of gambling on cards in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Police said neighbours, who were concerned that the three would resort to thievery to support their habit, had tipped police off to the illegal activity. The three were detained, “educated” and signed a contract promising to stop gambling, police said. They claimed that the measures were necessary because the teenagers had ignored numerous previous warnings from officials.
Indebted cattle farmer found dead in shed
A 32-year-old cattle farmer was found dead in a shed on Saturday in Kampot province’s Kampong Trach district. Police said the man had committed suicide after a heavy drinking session with relatives on Friday night, during which he had appeared upset and announced that he “did not want to live anymore” because his business was unsuccessful and he was unable to repay a US$2,000 debt he had accrued. The man was survived by his wife and children.
Lost boy, 12, feared dead after canal swim
Relatives are searching for the body of a 12-year-old boy feared to have drowned in a canal in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon district on Saturday afternoon. The boy had reportedly taken lunch to his uncle, who works at a barbershop, before asking for a haircut and then decided to take a swim in a nearby canal. When the boy failed to return from his swim, his uncle went looking for him, but could only find his nephew’s clothes, which were lying on the banks of the canal. The uncle enlisted the help of local fishermen, who were unable to find the body after three hours of searching. They said they are now waiting to see if the corpse floats to the surface of the canal.