BEER-SWILLING MONK DIES ON PAGODA TRIP
An elderly monk has died after he downed two cans of beer before hopping into a taxi to head to the local pagoda, police in Kampong Speu said. The taxi driver told police the 80-year-old monk drank two cans of brew before hitching a ride. When he reached the pagoda, however, the taxi driver was shocked to discover the monk was dead. The driver reported the incident to police, who examined the monk’s lifeless body and declared the man had fainted and died while in the car. The death was definitely not related to any crime, police said. There was no word on which beer the monk drank.
NO NEIGHBOURLY LOVE FOR DRUNKARD
A 49-year-old Prey Veng man was hospitalised in Phnom Penh on Sunday after his neighbours allegedly pushed him from an upper floor of a house and left him for dead in the forest. The man’s wife said that the four neighbours pushed her drunken husband after he “interfered” with them during a karaoke party sing-off. The suspects then allegedly dragged the unconscious man to a nearby forest, thinking he was dead. Now the victim’s family is suing the neighbours. Police, however, have yet to arrest any suspects.
LAND BROUHAHA LEADS TO ATTACK
A 27-year-old man in Kandal province was arrested after he allegedly attacked another man and his wife with a cleaver over a long-simmering land dispute. Police said the man critically injured the pair after the male victim, drunk on alcohol, cursed the suspect furiously over the land feud. The victims were sent to hospital, and the assailant has been questioned by police and sent to court.
TRAFFIC GOOFS LAND MEN IN HOT WATER
Military police in the capital’s Chamkarmon district have arrested at least three men accused of causing a series of traffic accidents Sunday. Police said the three reportedly drunken men sparked a chain reaction of traffic blunders when they left a local nightclub and crashed their car straight into a wall. Then, the suspects allegedly tried to flee the scene, accelerating off even though the car had a flat tyre, while a small mob chased the trio on foot. The car then struck another vehicle and skidded to a stop on Mao Tsetung Boulevard, where onlookers tried to attack the suspects, police said. But police intervened, putting an end to the melee. Police said no one was injured, but that some property was destroyed. Two people have filed complaints.