MAN BURNS AFTER PETROL PUMP MISHAP
A 45-year-old man in Phnom Penh was engulfed in flames after the petrol he had just bought caught fire. The incident happened Wednesday after the man bought 30 litres of petrol at a local gas station. But one of the bottles exploded, sending flames into the air, burning the man and part of his bike. Police blamed the accident on the searing midday heat and the man’s carelessness. The man was saved after bystanders rushed him to hospital.
EIGHT GATE-CRASHING GANGSTERS ON LOOSE
Police are on the lookout for eight party-crashing gangsters after a group of men burst in on a Chamkarmon birthday party. The men smashed down the front door of the house and shouted loudly, disturbing neighbours. Witnesses said the gangsters often cause disturbances in the neighbourhood. Police arrested two of the gangsters, who are awaiting trial, but eight managed to escape. “We will catch them so they will not disturb others again,” officials vowed.
LENGTHY JAIL TERMS FOR GANG RAPISTS
Three men were sentenced to 16-year prison terms and fined 10 million riels (US$2,402) each on Tuesday after being convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl in Kandal province. The attack happened in April after the group met at a party. The men agreed to bring the girl home because she attended the party alone and did not have a motorbike. On the way home, they raped the girl by the side of the road and escaped into the night. The men were arrested and confessed to the rape.
LOVELOM WOMAN TAKES OWN LIFE
A 20-year-old Battambang woman hanged herself this week because her mother would not allow her to marry her cash-strapped fiance. Police said the woman was angry with her mother for forbidding her to marry her lover of 10 years, because the man was too poor. “I told her to split up because he didn’t have enough money to marry her,” the woman’s mother said. Police found the woman’s body hanging from a tree behind the local pagoda.
CHEATING HUSBAND PROMPTS SUICIDE TRY
A woman tried to jump to her death – along with her two young children – because she was distraught after her husband left her for another woman, police said. The woman tried to leap from Chroy Changvar bridge with her 3-month-old and 8-year-old children, but police, alerted by a witness, quickly arrived and stopped her. Authorities detained the woman and her children at the police station for three hours before sending them home.