BOXING WAGER RESULTS IN VICIOUS ASSAULT
A 32-year-old man was beaten unconscious in Kandal province on Sunday after a wager over a boxing match turned ugly. Witnesses at a coffee shop where the brawl occurred said four men decided to bet on a televised boxing match. Three men chose a red-clad boxer, whereas the fourth man, the eventual victim, selected a boxer wearing blue shorts. By the third round, it was becoming increasingly apparent that the red pugilist was not going to be successful in his endeavour to pummel his rival. The three men who bet on him broke off their wagers and allegedly began pummelling the man who bet on the blue boxer. Witnesses said they did not dare to intervene while the man was getting the living daylights beaten out of him. Then they blamed the shop owner.
ACCUSED THIEF MAKES VICTIM VERY, VERY SLEEPY
Police in Kampong Chhnang province have arrested a 40-year-old Phnom Penh man one week after he was accused of taking part in a robbery during which he allegedly “hypnotised” his victim. The 37-year-old victim said he had been “hypnotised” by a drug administered by two suspects, who rode away on his motorbike as he stood transfixed. But the victim later spotted one of the accused men and reported him to police. Various onlookers who showed up while police were interrogating the suspect said they had also been “hypnotised”. Some attempted to beat the man, but police intervened. Police are now searching for the second suspect.
LAW CATCHES UP TO MAN SUSPECTED OF MURDER
Police in Svay Rieng province have arrested a 19-year-old murder suspect, more than two and a half years after he was accused of the crime. It is alleged that the suspect was one of five people who attacked four others sitting in front of a school in November 2007, killing one. The five alleged killers escaped to other provinces. Police arrested the suspect when he returned home to visit his family. The suspect allegedly confessed to the murder, though no motive was given.
ALLEGED BORDER THIEVES EVADE COURT SYSTEM
Police in Poipet town have arrested four men and a woman accused of robbing tourists. The suspects, who were nabbed near the Poipet border checkpoint, have been accused of stealing handbags and mobile phones. They have not been formally charged; instead, police offered them an “education” and persuaded them to sign a contract pledging never to steal again, authorities said.