Armed robbers rethink target of poor farmer
Three men abandoned an attempted armed robbery of the home of a 27-year-old female farmer in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town on Sunday, after conceding that the woman probably had nothing of value for them to steal. Police said three masked men entered the house and threatened the woman, who was home alone at the time, repeatedly with a gun, before deciding that her claims of poverty were believable and fleeing the scene empty-handed and without harming her.
Visit to in-laws’ home ends with a suicide
A 25-year-old woman died after poisoning herself during a visit to the home of her parents-in-law in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon town on Sunday. The woman’s husband said his wife had been cooking with his mother when she suddenly left the room. He went looking for her shortly after and found her dead after having apparently swallowed a “poisonous drug”. The man said he and his wife “never argued” and that he did not know what could have caused her to commit suicide.
Man fails to instil party spirit with use of stave
A 27-year-old man was arrested in Prey Veng province’s Kampong Trabek district on Monday after he attacked two party guests with a wooden stave, inflicting severe injuries. Police said the party, which was held at the suspect’s brother’s house, had turned sour after an argument broke out between a group of revellers. The discord had apparently incensed the suspect, who attempted to restore the festive atmosphere by swinging at the arguing men with a stave.
Police chase ends in arrest of rogue driver
Police chased down and arrested a 25-year-old motorist who failed to stop and help after he crashed into a moto-taxi driver, causing severe injuries, in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Saturday. Police said the suspect, who had been driving a “modern car”, had admitted to causing the accident and agreed to pay compensation to the victim, who was sent to hospital.
‘Neglected’ mentally ill woman drowns in pond
A 22-year-old mentally ill woman drowned in a pond in Kampong Cham province’s Ponhea Krek district on Monday. Police said the woman should not have been left unsupervised and accused her family of neglect. The victim’s mother said her daughter “always smoked cigarettes and drank wine” and “looked like a crazy person”.