Police Blotter: 21 August 2008

Police Blotter: 21 August 2008

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HEARTBROKEN GIRL JUMPS INTO RIVER

Chear Srey Phea, 22, a waitress at a Phnom Penh restaurant, attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a motorbike and hurling herself off the Japanese bridge at 2:30pm Monday. Chear Srey Phea said that she tried to commit suicide because her boyfriend, Voeun, a car repairman, left her for another girl about a month ago. Voeun denied that he broke up with Chear Srey Phea, saying that he loved her and that she tried to kill herself because he refused to lend her US$200, as she borrowed money from him many times and never paid him back. Chear Srey Phea was pulled from the river by police who rented a boat to rescue her.
KOH SANTEPEAP

MONK COMMITS SUICIDE WITH CLOTH

Mean Lean, 21, a monk at the Andong Tnaoth pagoda in Battambang, committed suicide with a cloth around his neck. He recently found out that his severe tuberculosis could not be healed because an X-ray showed that his lung was broken. He was also unhappy about his mother's compulsive addiction to playing cards for money, which was costing the family a lot of money. Mean Lean's body has been sent to his family for a traditional funeral at Kandoeung pagoda in Battambang. KAMPUCHEA THMEY

ABUSIVE DRUNK KILLED BY WIFE

Eang Khum, 40, killed her abusive husband Poun Thoeun, 48, with a kitchen knife Saturday in Pursat. She stabbed him twice in the head and twice in the shoulder after enduring years of domestic violence. The neighbours said that on the night of the incident Eang Khum's husband came home drunk and asked his wife for a piece of wood which he kept in the kitchen. When Eang Khum said the wood had been taken by the son, Poun Thoeun beat her with an ax handle on the head, shoulders and face until she became unconscious. Eang Khum, who killed her husband after she regained consciousness, has been detained by police.
KOH SANTEPEAP

MAN CRUSHED BY LEXUS DRIVER

Pok Chantola, 55, a car salesman in Meanchey district, was crushed to death by a Lexus 470 while waiting for his friend in front of a beer garden in the Chamkarmon district of Phnom Penh at 10:30pm on Saturday. The driver of the Lexus, Hong Piseth, 38, was drunk at the time of the accident. He was detained by police at the scene but was released a day later after he paid $13,300 reparation to the victim's family.
RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

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