Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man beaten trying to prove his metal

Man beaten trying to prove his metal

Man beaten trying to prove his metal

A MAN accused of snatching a necklace from a woman in the capital on Sunday was beaten by a small mob then arrested after police said he made a stupefied mistake: returning to the scene of the crime to ask if the necklace was real platinum.

Pha Na, police chief in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune, said officers had arrested Tha Piseth, 19, over the theft of a platinum necklace – which turned out to be the real deal.

“The arrested suspect was sent to the police station in Daun Penh district,” he said, before refusing to reveal more details of the incident.

A commune police officer who asked not to be named told the Post that the suspect was one of three men who had first snatched a phone from three women near the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port.

The trio, however, had decided it was more lucrative to instead flee the scene with a necklace owned by one of the women, aged 18.

The officer alleged that Piseth and his accused co-offenders had doubted the authenticity of the necklace, so they returned to quiz its owner about its true value.

“He was hit in the head and soon arrested with help from villagers after the victims noticed the men coming back and cried for help,” the officer said.

The other two men fled the scene on a motorbike before police could intercept them – taking the necklace with them, he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh’s Jet’s Container Night Market shuts down

    The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim. Jet’s Container Night Market is the largest such market in Phnom Penh. It operated for just over two

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling