Police Blotter: 20 Mar 2012

Police Blotter: 20 Mar 2012

Police arrest 12 after wedding party brawl
A dozen men were arrested in Banteay Meanchey province after several people were stabbed during a fight that broke out in the middle of a wedding party on Saturday. Police said fighting erupted when groups of men from another village joined the celebration and an argument took place. The situation escalated when more fighters arrived on motorcycles to join in. Six motorcycles were confiscated in the arrests and the 12 men remain in custody. Rasmei Kampuchea

Widower murdered in home, authorities say
Police suspect murder after a 38-year-old widower was found dead in Sihanoukville on Sunday. Police said the father of six was at home with his three youngest children when he was stabbed with a knife by an unknown assailant. Authorities were alerted when one of his children returned from a party in the local village and found the man’s body. Police are uncertain about the motive behind the crime, but are investigating. Koh Santepheap

Police say construction workers duped client
Three construction workers were arrested on Saturday after allegedly defrauding one of their customers out of US$3,000. The three men, aged 28, 24 and 43, are from Mok Kampoul district in Kandal province. Their victim claimed he handed over money for building work to be undertaken but the trio absconded with his cash. When their ruse was exposed, he reported them to the police who swiftly made arrests. Koh Santepheap

‘Sticky-fingered’ teacher captured by authorities
A 33-year-old teacher was arrested in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town on Saturday, accused of stealing a bracelet from his student. Police said he originally borrowed the jewellery for his wife to wear on the occasion of a visit from his aunt from the United States; however, he later sold the piece to fund his gambling habit. Kampuchea Thmey

Teenager accused of raping 9-year-old girl
An 18-year-old was arrested after he allegedly raped a 9-year-old girl in Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Hek district last Thursday. The girl was home alone when the man, her neighbour, entered the house and assaulted her. She was found later by her grandmother, who immediately filed a complaint with police. The accused tried to escape when police came to arrest him, but he is now in detention at the provincial court awaiting trial. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Sen David

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