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Police Blotter: 12 May 2010

Police Blotter: 12 May 2010


What was supposed to have been a joyous occasion descended into anarchy Monday as a group of ruffians crashed a wedding party in Koh Kong province and beat up the groom, authorities said. Police said the bride and groom were drinking wine with their guests when the “gangsters” joined the party. But the only present they brought for the happy couple was a severe beating, given to the groom. Police caught three of the suspects. One of them said the group had previously been embroiled in arguments with the groom. As retribution, he said, the group planned to destroy the groom’s wedding party. Police decided the debacle was the result of bitter rancour.

A 27-year-old brought her family grievances to police in Siem Reap town Monday, complaining that her mother constantly siphoned off her hard-earned cash to pay for her new husband’s leisurely lifestyle. The daughter said her mother’s new husband – her third – depends almost exclusively on the support of her mother. Now, it seems, the mother is too busy playing games with her new husband to take care of the family. The daughter complained that her mother now takes “so much money” to support her new husband. Police said they are unsure what to do about the case, but that they plan to investigate.

A 37-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly got drunk and crashed his car into parked vehicles in Chamkarmon district Monday, injuring at least three people. Police said the man could not control his car because he was so intoxicated. Police eventually stopped the car and demanded that the driver pay money to his victims. Police said they are constantly dealing with a seemingly intractable spate of incidents in which drivers get drunk and cause havoc on the roads.

Police in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district reported that they have caught three individuals accused of being robbers who have struck many, many times before. Police said they confiscated five guns as part of the arrests. The men allegedly admitted that they have staged manifold brazen robberies around Phnom Penh as well as in other provinces. They said they had planned to stage another robbery when they were caught by police this week. Police said some among the group managed to escape, but they pledged to “catch all the bandits”.


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