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Police Blotter: 08-04-2010

Police Blotter: 08-04-2010


Everyone knows monks don’t sleep in guesthouses – that was the maxim employed by villagers in Kampong Cham town Tuesday, who called the cops after becoming suspicious of three supposed monks who were bedding down in a local guesthouse. Police officers dutifully approached the alleged monks and demanded identification cards. When they could not produce any written evidence that they were, in fact, monks, the officers brought them to the local police station and then the provincial courthouse for further questioning. Guesthouses are not good places for monks to stay, they said.

An 18-year-old man accused of robbery was beaten to within an inch of his life Monday in what police say is another instance of vigilante justice enacted by outraged locals. Tuol Kork district police say the man snatched a necklace from a 20-year-old woman while she was returning from a product exhibition near a market in Phnom Penh. The woman shouted for help, which is when bystanders stepped in and beat the man. Police intervened; otherwise, they said, the citizens would have beaten the man to death. The man has been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court to be sentenced – presumably after he receives a thorough trial.

Police in Prey Veng town are looking for a 32-year-old man accused of killing his wife. Police say the man, a cyclo driver, drunkenly attacked his 31-year-old wife, striking her three times with an axe. The woman was found unconscious in a pool of blood and sent to hospital. Police decided that jealousy was the motive behind the attack. Before the assault, the man drank alcohol then became furious when he didn’t see his wife at home. He then looked for his chopper, which he sometimes kept sharpened. He found the axe and allegedly attacked his wife as soon as she returned home, police said.

A 36-year-old forester has been arrested in Stung Treng province after he was accused of killing his boss with a cleaver then chucking the weapon into a pond. The man told police he had an argument with the victim, his project manager, after he failed to receive his salary. He was sent to provincial court on Tuesday.


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