Gentle tap leads to driver’s angry slap
A security guard working at Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital was slapped in the face Sunday by an angry driver. The driver had accused the guard of hitting his shiny Lexus SRX70 with a walkie-talkie. The guard, however, insisted he only tapped the luxurious, high-end vehicle lightly to inform the driver that he had driven onto the lot without a mandatory parking ticket. The situation, however, was defused, and cooler heads prevailed. With mediation from the guard’s supervisor, the driver agreed to apologise to the guard.
Alleged cable thief on the loose
Three men were accused of stealing optical cables in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district on Saturday, and one remains on the run. The police said the cable belonged to a local telecommunications company. The two men who were caught, both in their 40s, were identified as motortaxi drivers who allegedly participated in the theft to make a little extra cash. The pair were arrested after a company representative notified police. However, a third man allegedly involved in the theft remains on the run, authorities said.
Ex-girlfriend rats out suspected thief
A woman told police her ex-boyfriend had swiped jewellery from a Kampong Thom market stall. The man fled to Phnom Penh to be with his ex-girlfriend after the theft Thursday, only to have the woman go to police, officials said, adding that she went straight to the cops after the man told her about the crime. The man’s arrest happened on the same day he is alleged to have stolen the jewels.
Boy, 8, run over; mp gets vehicle back
An 8-year-old boy from Battambang province died after he was run over, allegedly by a car owned by a member of parliament. According to police, the lawmaker was a passenger in the car when it accidentally rammed into the boy on Sunday. After the accident, the vehicle was confiscated by police for further investigation. However, the lawmaker was able to recover his car after meeting with district and provincial officials, police said.
K Cham man accused of raping farmer
A 40-year-old man from Kampong Cham province’s Ponhea Krek district was arrested Saturday after allegedly raping a woman at knifepoint. Police said the suspect saw the victim alone on her farm and overpowered her using a knife. He fled the scene after the attack but was quickly caught after the victim complained to police.