Police Blotter: 13 May 2010

Police Blotter: 13 May 2010

POLICE

Students log on to debauchery
Police raided a suspected internet cafe in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district Tuesday after finding students there who were allegedly watching sex videos. The sign above the shop read “Internet”, but police said it really should have read “Sex Videos” because there are so many students who go there to watch racy films. Police said the shop’s clientele was mainly male and female students. They never studied for school, but told their parents that they were out being studious when in fact they were watching sex videos. Police confiscated 20 computers as part of the bust, “educated” 15 students and made the shop owner promise not to participate in such illicit business activities ever again. KAMPUCHEA THMEY

Spectacular crash causes major jam
Police are blaming the driver of an overloaded car after the vehicle tumbled into a pond in Sen Sok district Monday. Police said the big car was loaded with a great deal of sand, yet the driver was careless and drove the vehicle at a high speed along the road, causing it to overturn then roll over into a pond. Police said no one was injured, but the spectacular crash caused a three-hour traffic jam. Heavy machinery had to be brought in to lift the car out of the pond, and police also had to chase down the driver, who ran away. DEUM AMPIL

Police arrest five in guesthouse raid
Five people are accused of illegal detainment and using illegal drugs after police in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district burst into a guesthouse Monday. Police said the group was constantly at the guesthouse, partaking in questionable behaviour such as using drugs, playing cards and illegally detaining women. Yet the guesthouse’s owner never alerted police. Neighbours reported that this particular guesthouse often allowed its guests to engage in illegal behaviour. Police said they plan to shut down the guesthouse as punishment. DEUM AMPIL

Family struggles to find clues in death
Police said a 60-year-old man hanged himself from a tree in front of his house in Banteay Meanchey province Sunday. Authorities have ruled the death was not a crime, though the family is still unsure why the man took his own life. The man’s wife reported that he was drunk almost every day. A year ago, she said, the man was unable to secure a job to support the family. She speculated that maybe her husband was disappointed in his life because his family was so poor. That might be why it seemed like he was always drinking wine, she reasoned. KOH SANTEPHEAP

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