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Police Blotter: 22 Feb 2010

Police Blotter: 22 Feb 2010

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A 26-year-old man from Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town was arrested after he beat his mother in the face with a rock when she couldn’t provide drinking money in small denominations, police said. The incident occurred on Wednesday, when the man asked his mother, who is 45, for money before heading out to buy some wine. His mother promised to give him the money, but she did not have any small notes. The man then beat her with the rock, causing her severe injuries, police said. Neighbours said the man, who works as a day labourer in Thailand, caused problems and picked fights with his mother whenever he drank. He has been sent to provincial police headquarters for questioning.

An 18-year-old high school student on Friday was caught and beaten by a crowd after snatching a necklace off the neck of a 20-year-old university student who was driving on her motorbike in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district, police said. When the victim began screaming for help, a mob descended on the man and began pummelling him, police said, adding that they would have killed him had police not intervened. A second man who assisted in the snatching managed to escape from the scene with the necklace. The arrested man has been questioned and sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Police in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district detained a man on Wednesday for carrying illegal drugs. The 25-year-old confessed that he had purchased the confiscated drugs from a 48-year-old man for US$10, and that he planned to resell them for between $15 and $20. The 48-year-old man said he had purchased the drugs from a girl near Preah Kossamak Hospital, an area of the city that police said was popular with with drug users.

Two men looking to buy sex were ambushed on Wednesday night in a scheme that apparently involved their prostitutes, police said. The men, aged 30 and 28, were driving two prostitutes to a guesthouse to have sex with them when the women abruptly jumped off their motorbikes. Shortly thereafter, a group of eight men appeared from the side of the road and beat the two men badly before stealing their money and mobile phones. The two victims were sent to a private clinic. Police say they have since arrested all eight men as well as the prostitutes involved in the attack.


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