Police Blotter: 11 Apr 2013

Police Blotter: 11 Apr 2013

Plant-flinging leaves two guests badly hurt
A wedding brawl in the capital’s Daun Penh on Tuesday mixed elements familiar to Blotter fans – the stepping on of feet, the tossing of glasses – with a new twist: potted plants. Police said the aforementioned flora went airborne alongside the more traditional projectiles after two groups of “gangsters” got into it over a dance floor misstep. In the end, two guests were injured and sent to hospital, while the brawlers escaped and are now being sought by police. Koh Santepheap

Having burned bridges, man burns down house
A fiery domestic situation ended in flames on Tuesday in Pursat’s Bakan district. Police said a serial domestic abuser – notorious for getting drunk, then physical, on a daily basis – flew into a rage when his wife finally had enough and packed her bags. Alone and distraught, the man decided to vent his frustration through arson, burning down the house they shared together. Neighbours tried to intervene to no avail and were unable to keep him from bolting before police arrived. Kampuchea Thmey    

Hey ho, somebody home
Waiting for a home’s occupant to leave for the provinces is a wonderful burglary strategy, provided of course the homeowner has actually left. A 19-year-old man in the capital’s Tuol Kork district learned that the hard way on Tuesday, breaking in only to discover the home’s owner was sleeping in the next room. Police said the sound of the door breaking roused the man, who then called police. An arrest was swiftly made and the burglar has been sent to court. Deum Ampil

Woman sent to hospital after stabbed in robbery
A wonman is recovering in hospital after being savagely attacked in a Kandal robbery on Monday. Police said the woman was walking home in the province’s Sa’ang district when a man approached with a knife, stabbing her and stealing her necklace, phone and some cash. The injuries to the 51-year-old are considered serious, and the victim’s family has appealed to police to catch the perpetrator. Rasmey Kampuchea

Thief’s masquerade as purchaser rings false
A would-be jewellery thief traded her loot for steal bracelets on Tuesday in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Police said the 35-year-old woman entered a busy jewellery shop on the pretense of ring shopping, only to grab both a ring and a necklace and take off, thinking she’d be lost amongst the scrum of shoppers. No such luck. Shop security grabbed her before she’d even made the door and she’s now awaiting her day in court. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Sen David


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