EX-CON ROBS GUARDS, GOES BACK TO PRISON
Hong Sothy, 20, of Vietnam was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for theft. He served a previous sentence for theft and was released in May last year. His latest conviction stems from a party he held for 14 prison guards he befriended as an inmate. After getting them drunk, Hong Sothy stole their cellphones, money and a motorbike. The guards reported him to police but later found him and turned him in.
TWO VENDORS EVADE SEXUAL ASSAULT
Hul Thoeun, 23, and Sorn Sophal, 18, both residents of Thlork Roling village, Kraing Lvea commune, Samaki Meanchey district, Kampong Chhnang province, were attacked on Monday by three men while on their way home from selling drinks and snacks at an event in a nearby village. The men dragged the victims into bushes near the roadside and attempted to rape them. The two managed to escape but left their supplies and 2.8 million riels (US$679.94) in cash behind, which the attackers took. The assault was later reported to police, who arrested Ton Yong, 32, and So Sophon, 28, the following morning and recovered 1.9 million riels.
DEATH THREAT LEADS TO SUICIDE
Naut Chork, 36, a motorbike taxi driver, hanged himself on Tuesday in Praeh Theat village, Rolous commune, Kandal Stung district, Kandal province, after receiving a death threat over the phone. Police said the deceased told friends the day before his death that a man named Khorn threatened his life for regularly driving his girlfriend and demanded US$3,000 in exchange for his life.
MAN SHOT, ROBBED AT BANANA STAND
A man in Trapaing Thleung village, Chaom Chao commune, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh, was shot in the kidney and robbed of his motorbike on Monday when he stopped to buy grilled bananas. Witnesses identified the victim as Ear Sarith, 24, from Chamkarmon district in Phnom Penh. Police arrived on the scene just after the robbers fled. The victim was taken to an area hospital by his wife, who was travelling with him.
TEEN KILLED FOR TRACTOR AND PADDY
A young man was killed and robbed of his tractor and 36 sacks of paddy on Monday while on guard at a rice field in Boeung Pring village, Ampil Pram Daem commune, Bavet district, Battambang. Police identified the deceased as Hoeun Panha, 18, and said the body was identified by the boy's father.
TRANSLATED BY LIM PHALLA