DEBT LEADS MEN TO CUT TIES, EACH OTHER
Two friends were seriously injured in Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Cham town last week after an argument between the two ended in stabbing. One man, 23, accused his 25-year-old counterpart of attempting to rob him. The 25-year-old said, however, that he was only demanding money that was owed to him, adding that his friend had been very rude about refusing to settle the debt. Following their verbal confrontation, the two stabbed each other with scissors and were sent to a local hospital with serious injuries.
BANTEAY MEANCHEY POLICE NAB RAPE SUSPECT
Police arrested a man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl in Banteay Meanchey province’s Thmarpouk district last week. The victim said that her assailant accosted her as she was travelling to a local market to buy eggs for her mother. After raping her, the girl said, the man stole her jewellery and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. Her mother later filed a complaint with local police.
LOCALS BLAME ARSON FOR DEADLY DEATH
A 70-year-old woman died Tuesday after a fire burned down her house in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district. Police said the fire had started by accident, and that the woman did not receive assistance because her cries for help were too faint. Local residents said, however, that the woman was killed by an unknown assailant who robbed her and burned down her house, destroying the evidence. Police said there was no evidence to support this claim.
16-YEAR-OLD HANGS SELF IN PREY VENG
A 16-year-old girl died on Monday in Prey Veng province’s Svay Antor district after hanging herself from a tree in the woods near her home. Her family said she had escaped the house and committed suicide after learning that she was infected with HIV and which made her feel ashamed. Local residents said they were very sorry to hear of the beautiful girl’s tragic death.
DRUNKEN DRIVER KILLS MOTHER, CHILD
A mother in Prey Veng province’s Kamchaymea district died on Tuesday along with her 5-month-old child as they were returning home on a motorbike. Police said the pair were killed by a drunk motorbike driver who lost control of his vehicle and struck them in the middle of the road. That driver has since been detained by police, who have sent the case to court, where the man may be forced to pay compensation to the victims’ family.