FAKE SOLDIER ACCUSED OF BEATING, ROBBING WIFE
A 34-year-old man in Kandal province was arrested on Monday after he was accused of beating his wife and then disguising himself as an army officer to look more intimidating, police said. The man’s wife said she had confronted her husband about a secretive affair she believed he was having with another woman. In turn, the man accused her of having a baby with a mysterious lover. He then allegedly beat her and stole US$50. The suspect, a construction worker, allegedly confessed to the accusation. He also informed police that he wore an army uniform to frighten others, even though he was no longer in the army.
TWO MUGGING SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN PHNOM PENH
Two of six suspected robbers accused of mugging travellers during the lonely hours around midnight were arrested on Saturday following their latest alleged thievery. Police said that the suspects had struck at least 18 times in sometimes violent robberies that included murder and rape against beautiful young women. The two suspects allegedly admitted that their group had shot one man to death in the capital and raped “many women” after successful robberies. On Saturday, the suspects allegedly robbed two victims before they were arrested. Police said they had identified the remaining four suspects and pledged to punish them to the fullest extent of the law.
WORKER KILLS HIMSELF AT BATTAMBANG GUESTHOUSE
A 40-year-old man in Battambang province hung himself using a mosquito net in a guesthouse on Sunday, police said. Investigators believe that the man had scribbled his wife’s phone number on a piece of paper before he took his own life. The man’s wife reported that he had left their home in Stung Treng province to look for work in Battambang. The guesthouse owner said someone had complained there had been a loud noise. When he knocked on the door, there was no answer. So he opened the door and was shocked to discover the man’s lifeless body.
DEBTOR REPORTLY OFFERS PAYBACK WITH CLEAVER
A 31-year-old Kandal man was arrested last week after he was accused of attacking a man to whom he owed money. The apparent victim claimed that the suspect owned him 20,000 riels, or about $5. But when he asked him to pay his debt, the man started arguing with him. The victim said that when he went home later in the day, the suspect showed up in an obviously drunk state, carrying a cleaver. The suspect allegedly swung the weapon and chopped at his ear. Police said that the suspect raped a girl in his village roughly one year ago.