Police Blotter: 17 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 17 Jan 2013

Borrower pays for a debt in currency of beatdown
Lenders can be a tricky lot, borrow enough of their money and they sometimes actually expect you to pay it back. A woman in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district found that out the hard way on Tuesday as her aggrieved creditors showed up on her doorstep and decided to collect the old fashioned way – by beating it out of the 33-year-old. Neighbours eventually intervened and the alleged assailants took off as police arrived. They’re now investigating further. Rasmey Kampuchea

Tuk-tuk driver doesn’t fare well among peers
A group of tuk-tuk drivers were reminded that the taxi game’s a tough racket yesterday in the capital’s Dangkor district. Police said that the touts were vying for customers in the evening when the competition got more than a little heated, to the point that the group turned on one of their own, beating him until he had sustained several injuries. The victim told cops that he and his assailants had never gotten along well as they were at economic cross-purposes. Police are now hunting for the attackers. Rasmey Kampuchea

Stabbing could put at risk longstanding friendship
A late-night drinking session took a sharp turn on Tuesday as carousing turned to harsh words and harsh words turned to knifeplay. Police said two young men, 28 and 33, had been enjoying a booze up in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district until an argument flared and the younger man went reaching for his knife. The victim, seriously injured, is now recovering in hospital, while police are searching for the attacker. Koh Santepheap

City district reputation for sword fights intact
Harsh words escalated – as they so often do in the Blotter – into a physical confrontation on Monday, as a group of eight gangsters went at it with fists, stones and – you guessed it – “samurai” swords. The Sen Sok district throwdown was quickly set upon by police, who managed to bag half the combatants, with the other four escaping. The quartet in custody are now awaiting a date with the judge. Koh Santepheap

Robbing purses isn’t the same thing as motoring
A 22-year-old purse snatcher proved better at grabbing bags than navigating sharp turns yesterday. Police said the lout grabbed a victim’s purse in the capital’s Sen Sok district before leaping into a car. He quickly found himself pursued by police in a chase that ended with him crashing his speeding vehicle, leaving him easy pickings for the law. One quick pit stop at hospital later, and he was cooling his heels in a jail cell. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Sen David

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