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Police Blotter: 20 May 2010

Police Blotter: 20 May 2010


A 31-year-old man has been detained for questioning by police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district after being offered a deal he just couldn’t refuse. Police said the man bought a stolen car from an alleged thief even though there were no documents to go with it. The man said he knew he shouldn’t buy the car because it was likely stolen, but the vehicle was so cheap that he just had to buy it. However, the car’s eagle-eyed rightful owner spotted the man driving her car and called police. Officers eventually caught the man with his “new” car and returned it to the owner. Police are reportedly on the lookout for the accused thief.

A 35-year-old man in Kampong Cham province has been killed, and the main suspect is his older brother. Police said the man died Monday after getting into a heated argument with his sibling. The victim’s wife said her husband constantly fought with his brother, who lived in the same house. On Monday, they fought about a farming job, she said. Then the older brother stabbed the man to death, she said. The mother of the siblings said she used to fret every day because her sons were constantly bickering.

Police in Battambang province say an 18-year-old woman died after she was struck by lightning while out doing work in a field Monday. Police said it began raining heavily while the woman was out tending to her cows. When the rain hit, the woman started making her way home with her beasts of burden. However, it was too late. She was struck down by a bolt of lightning, witnesses said. Authorities renewed appeals to villagers to stay inside their homes when it starts raining. The two cows were uninjured.

Police in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district say a 23-year-old man was stabbed after he offended a “gangster” by staring him in the face. The attack happened Monday when the victim became witness to a brawl between rival “gangsters”. The victim stood up and stared at one particular pugilist, who seemed to take offence to the move, rushing over to stab the man with a knife. Police called the man’s assailant “crazy”. Why would he stab someone who had simply looked at his face? officers wondered. They then vowed to investigate the case to find out.


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