Police Blotter: 12 Jan 2012

Police Blotter: 12 Jan 2012

•Two thieves crash in aftermath of robbery
The Phnom Penh municipal court charged two men with robbery on Tuesday after they were arrested for attempting to steal a tourist’s phone in the Chamkarmon district. Police said the suspects snatched the phone from a tourist as he was walking down the street and fled the scene on a motorbike. However, during their escape, the suspects crashed into another motorbike and were detained by people in the area until police could arrive. Rasmei Kampuchea

•Couple questioned over neighbour’s deadily fire
An elderly man burned to death and two women were severely burned when their cottage caught fire on Monday night in Rattanakiri’s Koun Mom district. A neighbour in the area said they woke up and saw the cottage burning, but did not think there was anyone inside. Police said a 66-year-old man, who was thought to be drunk, perished in the blaze, while two women managed to escape and were hospitalised with serious burns. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but police said they arrested a couple in the area for questioning in connection with the blaze. Nokor Wat

•Drug trafficking trio jailed; yama seized
Three men were arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs in Pursat town on Saturday.  Police said the men had long been suspected of using and selling drugs to town residents. In a nighttime operation, police arrested the men, but some accomplices escaped. Police seized 100 yama drug packages. The suspects have been sent to court. Rasmei  Kampuchea

•Drunk husband attacks wife with meat cleaver
A domestic dispute resulted in the arrest of one man after he allegedly hacked his wife several times with a meat cleaver on Tuesday night in Siem Reap’s Svay Leu district. Police said the suspect, who was drunk, was involved in a heated argument with his wife when he took a cleaver and hacked his wife until she was unconscious. The victim was hospitalised with serious injuries. Her husband was arrested at the scene and awaits trial. Kampuchea Thmei

•Complaint leads to arrest of alleged rapist
A man was arrested on Tuesday in Kandal province’s Takhmao town after he was accused of attempting to rape a woman on Sunday night. The mother of the alleged victim said she found the man sleeping with her daughter after they had attended a wedding party. The suspect told police that he did not rape the girl, but rather he was just sleeping because he was drunk. He said he woke up when the alleged victim’s parents began to beat him and fled the scene. Nokor Wat 


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