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Police Blotter: 23 Feb 2010

Police Blotter: 23 Feb 2010

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A woman in Battambang province says she believes she was robbed after a thief saw her sporting expensive jewellery during a wedding party last week. The victim said she went to the party last week and noticed a man staring at her. She was wearing a lot of jewellery, police said, including rings, a necklace and flashy earrings that piqued the thief’s interest. The next day, thieves cleaned out the woman’s house, swiping everything of value and escaping. Police are still investigating the case.

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in Takeo province after the man allegedly threatened to kill his own father. Investigators say the son was addicted to drugs and threatened to stab his father Saturday. But the plan was thwarted when the mother arrived home and screamed for help. Police say the man was addicted to “drugs and wine”. The father reported that he had previously sent his son to the Orgkas Khnom, or My Chance, drug treatment centre in Phnom Penh, but that his son quickly returned to drug use when he returned home.

A 13-year-old boy died because he gagged on his food in Kampong Speu on Saturday. Police said that the boy choked on a mouthful of rice while he was eating his lunch. His mother said that when his son choked on the rice, she ordered him to drink water, but he died immediately. His mother did not believe he was dead and sent him to the hospital. The doctor said that he had died of asphyxiation. A neighbour expressed sorrow for the death of the boy.

A Kampong Cham court sentenced two men to 15 years each in prison on Saturday after they were convicted of robbing and killing a 10-year-old girl last month. Police said the men robbed and then killed the girl before throwing her body in a river. Investigators said “rancour” was the reason for the robbery, since it was unlikely such a young girl would have had much money. The victim’s mother was not pleased with the decision and said that the killing of another human being should have resulted in a much stiffer punishment.


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