Girl, 16, takes her life to avoid problem at school
A 16-year-old girl from Kampong Chhnang province died in hospital on Friday morning, one day after drinking pesticide and slitting her wrists and ankles. Relatives said the girl had desperately wanted to leave school because of a “big problem” that she had refused to confide further details about. They said the girl’s parents, who had tried to encourage her to remain in school so she could become a teacher, had found the girl still alive after her suicide attempt on Thursday and rushed her to hospital where medical staff were unable to save her.
Boyfriend held over rape of girlfriend
Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district police have arrested a 30-year-old man after his 22-year-old girlfriend filed a complaint accusing him of raping her and physically assaulting her sister. Police said the man was accused of becoming violent after his girlfriend’s 26-year-old sister refused to allow her younger sibling to move in with him. The girlfriend has demanded US$3,000 in compensation from the man.
Hunt for man over killing of son-in-law
Bavel district police are searching for a 61-year-old man suspected of killing his 34-year-old son-in-law on Monday afternoon in Battambang province. Police said the suspect had been fed up when the victim – who reportedly often picked fights with his father-in-law when drunk – came home inebriated and argumentative one too many times. The suspect allegedly hit the victim in the neck with a wooden stick before fleeing the scene and leaving him to die.
Suspected motorbike thieves apprehended
Kratie provincial police on Wednesday arrested two men, aged 15 and 18, a few hours after they allegedly stole a motorbike from a student at Prek Prosob High School. Police said the suspects had removed the licence plates from the motorbike and were then spotted driving it toward Kratie town, where police believe they intended to sell it.
Married couple detained on drug charges
Daun Penh district police on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old man and his 26-year-old wife on suspicion of trafficking illegal drugs in Phnom Penh. Police said they confiscated five packets of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from the couple during the arrest, which was made following a tip from a “secret source”.