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Police Blotter: 07 Jan 2010

Police Blotter: 07 Jan 2010


Trigger-happy scion on the run in kandal
Villagers in a Kandal province community want justice after the well-connected son of a village chief allegedly fired his rifle into the air at least 20 times following a heated argument with his wife. It happened Monday after the man had just been released from prison, villagers said. The man is said to have hidden his rifle in a bush and asked his father to keep the weapon safe while he made his escape. Villagers, though acknowledging the village chief has a “cordial relationship” with police, are still insisting that authorities find the suspect and punish him.

Mysterious grenade lands man in court
A man has been arrested months after he was suspected of trying to kill a man using a grenade. The arrest happened after villagers found a grenade concealed in a bush in a Banteay Meanchey town. A 22-year-old came forward, saying the arrested man tried to kill him with a grenade last August. Police say the suspect confessed to hiding the grenade in the bush after the “unsuccessful murder”.

Police say booze fuelled violence
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of destroying property and attempting to rape his own mother because she refused to give him cash for booze and cigarettes, police in Battambang said. Police said neighbours had to intervene to rescue the mother on Sunday. Police say the man confessed that he became violent after drinking alcohol with his friends. The man has been sent to provincial court for questioning. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

Stiff sentence for scrap swindlers
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday sentenced two construction workers to 10 years in prison, while two others received five-year and one-year sentences in the case of a 2006 robbery. Plaintiffs in the case had orginally demanded US$200,000 in compensation. But families of the four men said that the group took around 100 kg of scrap metal left at a building they were working in and sold the pile for only $24.

Man confesses to raping daughter
A 30-year-old man in Battambang has been arrested after his wife accused him of raping their 9-year-old daughter. The man is suspected of raping his daughter over a four-month period last year while the mother was away. Police say the man confessed to raping his daughter “drunkenly” when his wife went to work in another province.


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