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Police Blotter: 15 Jan 2009

Police Blotter: 15 Jan 2009

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A 36-year-old man set fire to his house because he was angry that his wife could not give him US$10, police in Kampot province said. When she was unable to come up with the cash because she did not have it, he became enraged and set fire to the house. Neighbours rushed in to put out the flames, ensuring the house was not destroyed. Neighbours and police said the man was a construction worker who had been away for a lengthy period of time. They said he often resorted to violence against his wife and two children. The man has been referred to a local human rights NGO.

Policemen and villagers alike are singing the praises of a 44-year-old traffic cop who died in his sleep Wednesday. The Banteay Meanchey law enforcement officer was well-respected in his community because he reportedly never engaged in corrupt practices, endearing himself to local residents who appreciated his honesty. A police investigation ruled the man’s death was not a crime, but a heart attack. Police said there was no evidence of a struggle or that anyone tried to kill him because his home was impeccably clean and orderly. The man, police said, lived alone after separating from his wife.

Three cousins were severely injured after they reportedly got drunk and began beating each other with sticks. The family feud occured Wednesday in Phnom Kravanh district after the cousins got together for a relaxing tipple of wine. A couple of tipples turned into a binge, however, and when they became drunk, an argument exploded and they beat each other with sticks. Police said all were seriously injured. The cops plan to send the trio to the local police station when they recover from their injuries. In the meantime, witnesses decried the cousin-on-cousin violence because they are all part of the same family. They said the family has already spent a lot of money to cure them of their “stupid actions”.

A 45-year-old man in Kandal province is suspected of stabbing his wife to death Wednesday after she found a new man. Villagers who said they witnessed the death said they were sorry because now the couple’s five young children will have no parents. Police said that even if the wife had done something wrong, she shouldn’t have been killed because murder is illegal.


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