Police Blotter: 07-01-2011

Police Blotter: 07-01-2011

Deadly confusion over rodent and snake
A 12-year-old boy died after being bitten by a venomous snake in Banteay Meanchey province’s Svay Chek district on Tuesday. The boy was reportedly bitten while hunting for rats to eat with friends in a rice field. The victim had been pouring water into burrows and catching rats as they surfaced to escape the flooding, but was bitten when a snake emerged from one of the holes and the boy, mistaking it for a rodent, tried to grab it. The boy ran for home after being bitten, but collapsed after about 100 metres and was carried the rest of the way by one of his friends. The boy’s parents took him to the provincial hospital immediately but doctors said the venom had circulated throughout his body and they were unable to save him. KOH SANTEPHEAP

Woman naps while her Pailin home burns  
At least five houses were completely destroyed by a blaze in Pailin province’s Pailin town on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the fire appeared to have originated from the home of a woman, who was reportedly napping under a tree in front of her house when the blaze began. The exact cause of the fire was unclear, however, with some claiming it was sparked by an electrical malfunction and others saying a gas stove was to blame. Police said two fire trucks had responded quickly and prevented the fire from spreading to other nearby homes. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

Vengeance by sword meted out on drinker
A 23-year-old man was sent to the provincial hospital after being attacked with a sword in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Rieng town on Sunday. Police said the victim was having a quiet drink with friends at a beer garden when the nephew of the establishment’s owner attacked him with a sword in what appeared to be a vengeful attack following previous arguments between the two. The suspect fled the scene after stabbing the victim in the head, shoulder, wrist and leg, police said. KOH SANTEPHEAP

Known poultry pilferers change modus operandi
Two men have been arrested and sent to Kandal provincial court accused of stealing a motorbike. Police said the two men, aged 18 and 19, were drunk when they crept into a home in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district and stole a motorbike at around midnight on Monday. The two men were picked up by police in Phnom Penh at around 4am, as they were attempting to sell the vehicle. Police said they knew the men because they had previously arrested, “educated” and released them after they were accused of stealing chickens from their neighbours in Kandal. KOH SANTEPHEAP

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