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Police Blotter: 19 Aug 2009

Police Blotter: 19 Aug 2009

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A construction worker was attacked with stones and severely wounded in the head by a gang for looking at their faces. The event happened on Sunday night in front of a jeans factory in Tuol Sangke commune in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district. The victim, who was taken to Calmette Hospital, was known as May Kruoch, 24, from Prey Veng province.

A Cambodian-American man was arrested for colluding with two other comrades to kidnap his ex-fiancee, Sin Somuntha, who had broken off the engagement, by asking for US$50,000 in ransom from her older sister on August 6. Police identified the suspect as Alexander Brown, 29, of Teuk Thla commune in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district. He tricked the victim into collecting US$2,000 he owed her at his house and detained her there.

After an investigation, police found that 89-year-old Heng Kiem was killed in her house in Kampot province's Kampong Trach district by her own 30-year-old grandson Phou Kob. The suspect said he had been angry with his grandma for accusing him of stealing 400,000 riels from her. He beat his grandma to death with a spade, tied the body up and took a pair of earrings from her ears before escaping on August 11. The body was found by her neighbours three days later, and the suspect was arrested by police on Saturday.

Kong Theary, a 24-year-old farmer from the Sa'ang district of Kandal province, drank poison to kill himself at a pagoda in Phnom Penh's Steung Meanchey commune on Monday to escape punishment after killing his 14-year-old neighbour, Khna Vuchkiev, who rejected his love. The victim was stabbed 42 times with a knife and died immediately on the scene on Sunday. Kong Theary is in a critical condition at a hospital in Phnom Penh and is expected to be detained and sent back to his home province.

A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly attempting to murder another man. The suspect, Phuong Sovan, 25, hit Oeun Saroeun, male, 22, three times with a hammer on August 15 in the Sa'ang Phnom commune of Kandal province. The attack was an act of revenge because the victim had hit the suspect three times with a belt. The victim was seriously wounded and taken to hospital.


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