•Hand severed by sword after squabble
An 18-year-old man was seriously injured on Tuesday after his hand was cut off with a sword in Kampong Cham province’s Cheung Prey district. The man also suffered a serious cut to his back. Police said the victim was attacked on his way home from a party by five men he had argued with earlier at the venue. The five suspects fled the scene, but one suspect was caught later. Police are still looking for the other four suspects.
•Moto thief shoots victim, steals new bike
Police are searching for an alleged thief who shot a man in his stomach before stealing his motorbike in Kampong Cham province’s O’Reang-Ou district on Tuesday. The 47-year old victim had just bought a new motorbike and was riding it home when the shooting occurred. The victim remains in a serious condition in hospital. Police are investigating further.
•Random stabbing leaves one in hospital
A man suffered multiple stab wounds to his back and hands after what appears to have been a random attack on Tuesday in Kampong Speu province’s Baset district. Police said the victim was walking home with his wife when a 23-year-old man charged at them with a knife. Local residents came to the aid of the victim and his wife and also helped identify the suspect to police. The suspect was arrested and is awaiting trial.
•Police bust pseudo massage parlour
A brothel owner was arrested and charged on Tuesday after disguising her business in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district as a massage parlour. Authorities said the 25-year-old woman had set up a façade and was instead offering sex services to patrons. Four other women suspected of being sex workers were caught at the site and detained, but were later released. The brothel owner awaits sentencing.
•Bag-snatcher detained by observant onlookers
Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman for attempted theft after she allegedly tried to steal a handbag from a market vendor in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Wednesday. The woman posed as a shopper before snatching the vendor’s handbag and trying to run away. Other shoppers and vendors intervened and detained the suspect while waiting for police. Authorities said the suspect had confessed after being arrested.