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Men detained for arson in Battambang, Ratanakkiri

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A man has been sent to the Battambang provincial Drug Rehabilitation Centre after he set his house on fire on Sunday.​ Police

Men detained for arson in Battambang, Ratanakkiri

A man has been sent to the Battambang provincial Drug Rehabilitation Centre after he set his house on fire on Sunday.

Provincial deputy police chief Chet Vanny said on Sunday that Eng Ratana, 29, burnt his house in Battambang town’s Kdol Dounteav commune after being scolded by his parents.

“I sent him to the rehabilitation centre at his family’s request after finding that his urine tested positive for drugs,” he said.

He said no one was injured in the incident.

“Battambang town police used three fire engines to put out the fire before detaining Ratana for questioning, ” he said.

He said Ratana was high on drugs and attempted to jump from the roof of his 10m-high home before being detained.

In a separate case in Ratanakkiri province, a man was placed in pre-trial detention on Friday over domestic violence and arson in Banlung town’s Boeung Kanseng commune.

Banlung town police chief Teng Savuth said Hey Sokchea, 38, was arrested for using violence on his wife and burning their house down.

He said Sokchea is unemployed while his 45-year-old wife Nop Sophorn owns a small laundry business.

“He’s a drunkard and hits his wife every day. Even his two little girls do not dare to live at home,” he said.


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