Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police Blotter: 15 Jan 2009

Police Blotter: 15 Jan 2009

Police Blotter: 15 Jan 2009

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

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.


  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting