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Police Blotter: 21 Apr 2010

Police Blotter: 21 Apr 2010


Police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district have arrested a 27-year-old woman after she was accused of pickpocketing a German tourist while he sat along the capital’s picturesque riverside area. Police said the man was sitting in the park in front of the Royal Palace when two women came up to him and picked his pocket. Police arrested one woman, but another escaped. The victim said there was US$150 in his wallet, and that the suspects took the money before ditching the wallet.

A 45-year-old man in Battambang province was beaten to death after he tried to break up a drunken brawl in his village Saturday, police said. The victim tried to stop an argument that had broken out among several wine-drinking “gangsters”. Instead, the group started beating the man with a wooden bat. Neighbours of the deceased said they felt very sorry to hear of the man’s death because he had merely tried to stop an argument.

A 68-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Kandal province Saturday. Police said that the man admitted to following the girl to a rice field where he allegedly assaulted her, and that he then demanded she “shut up” and not tell anyone what happened. The victim told the police, however, and officers arrested the suspect. The man’s wife told police that her husband is “so old” but nevertheless likes to have sex. This was not the first time he was accused of sexual assault, she said, adding that he deserved to go to court.

A 20-year-old laundry man hanged himself Sunday after the conclusion of Khmer New Year, police in Phnom Penh reported. Officers said the man’s death was likely not a crime because no one was a witness to anything untoward. The man’s mother said her son had been acting very strange on Sunday. He didn’t eat rice or drink water for the entire day. Then, when everybody went to sleep at night, the man hanged himself. The mother said her son stopped being a monk one year ago. Since then, he had toiled as a laundry man and fallen in love with a girl who spurned his advances.


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