‘GANGSTER’ SCRAP INJURES MANY
A number of people were injured following a brawl between rival “gangsters” in Battambang province. The fight, involving a group of 10 men on one side and a group of 15 on the other, happened on the last day of Khmer New Year. Police said one man was arrested and told authorities that he has no idea what actually caused the dispute. Witnesses said the two sides were fighting each other “fiercely”. It was decided that both groups suffered injuries, but the group of 10 men was more seriously injured. Even so, the smaller group ganged up on one man from the larger group and beat him “almost to death”, witnesses said.
ATTACK WAS REVENGE, NOT ROBBERRY: POLICE
Police in Pursat province say a 47-year-old man there has been shot dead by unknown assailants. Police said the man was drunk and stumbled back home to sleep. But then four men, one of whom carried an AK-type gun, came over, called to the man, then shot him twice in the chest, killing him instantly. Then the men allegedly threatened the victim’s children and collected valuables including a necklace and a watch. Even so, police concluded the incident was not robbery, but intractable revenge. Police said the man’s wife was killed last year after she was struck with lightning, leaving behind six daughters.
MAN ACCUSED OF AXE ATTACK ON HIS WIFE
A man in Kratie province has been arrested after he allegedly got drunk and attacked his wife with an axe. Police said the man was drunk during Khmer New Year festivities. When he got home, the couple got into a heated argument that somehow resulted in the man allegedly striking his wife in the head with an axe. Police said witnesses tried to stop the man from injuring his wife further. The man was eventually arrested and sent to court. His wife is being treated in hospital.
SPEEDING DRIVERS BLAMED FOR DEATHS
Two 19-year-old men were killed after they sped down a road in Preah Vihear province in an attempt to overtake other traffic but instead ended up sliding to their deaths under a passing truck. Authorities said the men were driving extremely fast and appeared to be goofing around and competing with other drivers, but they died instantly when they tried to overtake one car and ended up dying as their motorbike was crushed by a truck. Witnesses said the crash lay on the shoulders of the two men, who lost control because they drove too fast and tried to compete with other drivers. Both the truck and the crushed motorbike are being held by local police.