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Police Blotter: 19 May 2010

Police Blotter: 19 May 2010


A man is dead after a joyous dance party descended into chaos – again – on Monday in Kampong Cham province, police reported. Police said that villagers were gathered for their annual dance party when a skirmish broke out. While the victim was dancing, police said, he somehow touched another dancer’s foot, sparking an argument. After that, the dancer, who was intensely protective of his personal space, took a knife and stabbed the victim seven times, police said. Villagers sent the victim to hospital while police nabbed the suspect. The village chief said that Monday’s incident was not the first in which people in his village had become “victims of a rowdy dance party”.

A 40-year-old man in Kampong Thom was seriously injured Sunday after he tried to help settle a heated dispute between rival “gangsters”, police said. The victim’s wife said that her husband appeared extremely tired when he came home from work on Sunday. He headed straight to the market for a leisurely tipple of wine, eager to smother himself in the milk of human kindness. But the milk would soon curdle. When he arrived, he saw the “gangsters” arguing and tried to intervene. So they stabbed him with a knife. Police caught three suspects and sent the victim to hospital.

A 30-year-old woman was injured after she found an explosive object near her home in Stung Treng province Monday. Police said the woman found the bomb while she was out in the field and neglected to tell police. Instead, she touched the device. Then she bit it. That is when it exploded. A neighbour reported hearing a loud sound from the victim’s house. He rushed over and saw the woman lying on the ground with “so much blood” around her. The victim’s husband said they had planned to tell police about the explosive device.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after he was accused of stealing valuables from a man in Koh Kong. Police claimed that the man stole more than US$100 as well as a modern phone while the victim slept under a tree by his house. The victim said he suspected the alleged thief of stealing money over Khmer New Year, but he did not have proof. This time, however, he said he was able to obtain incontrovertible evidence and asked police to investigate.


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