BOTHERSOME YOUTH BEATEN TO DEATH
An 18-year-old notorious for rocking his village with uncontrollable hostility was punched to death by a group of gangsters on July 12 in Kandal's Sa'ang district. The victim was identified as Ter Pros, residing in the district's Ta Lon commune. Police caught eight suspects aged from 15 to 19, residing in the same district as the victim. No official motive for the murder was disclosed, but certain villagers said that the slaying stemmed from "old" rancour.
LOCAL TOUGHS ROB GARMENT WORKER
Four spoiled teenagers were arrested on July 11 for extorting US$5 from a garment worker identified as Chan Dara in Russey Keo district's Tuol Sangke commune. Police identified the muggers as Vor Sal, 18, Yun Neath, 22, Thai Sophal, 20, and Tong Ro,16. After the arrest, the perpetrators confessed to police that they had not had any intention to perpetrate the act, but that their superior, named Toch, had coerced them to earn money for him or face punishment. Police are hunting for the fifth suspect.
SNAKEBITE KILLS PURSAT WOMAN
A 53-year-old woman died on July 8 after being bitten by an unidentified poisonous snake. Phal, who resided in Pursat's Rokat commune, died 20 minutes after the incident, after she was rushed to a hospital. Police said a son of the victim claimed that the reptile bit his mother on the leg, although a medical practitioner claimed the woman was bitten in the wrist.
MYSTERY SURROUNDS GANG OF 'OFFICIALS'
A group of seven self-appointed government "officials" were apprehended by Ratanakkiri provincial police on July 12 in the province's Angdong Meas district for wearing unauthorised military police uniforms and possessing illegal weapons and an illegal stamp bearing the name of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Police said the suspects, whose names and addresses were not disclosed, had appointed a woman as leader, but the details of the unlawful activities perpetrated by the seven have not been revealed.
MAN, 18, ARRESTED in RAPE OF COUSIN
A 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday for molesting his 11-year-old cousin twice on July 8, police said. Police identified the rapist as residing in Svay Rieng's Bavet district along with the victim. The perpetrator said that while he was sleeping next to his cousin he dreamt about having sex, which forced him to rape her. The man was sent to provincial court on Sunday.