Police Blotter: 25 Mar 2013

Police Blotter: 25 Mar 2013

No standing for cabbie after parking fee beating
A 21-year-old taxi driver is recovering in hospital after catching a beating at the hands of overzealous security guards in Pursat town on Friday. Police said the cab driver had parked his car in front of a market when a few security guards walked up and asked him to pay for parking. When he refused, the guards fetched their manager, then proceeded to punch and slap the hapless cabbie as well as beat him with their walkie-talkies. Perhaps realising they’d crossed the line, the guards bolted. Nokorwat

Tuk-tuk turf tiff ends in trio driving home point
Back in the capital, the violence was strictly driver on driver. Police said a university student, 33, looking to make some extra cash as a motodop picked the wrong corner to work on Friday and got into it with some tuk-tuk drivers who considered it home turf. After an argument over potential customers, three tuk-tuk drivers decided to drive the point home the old-fashioned way – with elbows and knees. The student has filed complaints to police and said their late intervention allowed the suspects to escape. Kampuchea Thmey

Electric fishing plan not duo’s lightbulb moment
A father and son fishing duo were apprehended on Saturday for using illegal methods to capture their haul, namely rigging up a car battery to shoot an electric shock into a pond. Police said the pair were caught red-handed using the illicit method and had little choice but to confess. The men, however, argued that while they knew the fishing method was illegal, they were poor and had borrowed the equipment from their neighbours – who frequently fished this way and were never arrested. Kampuchea Thmey

Cheating husband beats wife, is finally arrested
Marital discord turned into domestic violence on Friday when a husband’s indiscretion was brought to light in Kandal’s Ksach Kandal district. Police said the 52-year-old man was called on the carpet by his wife, who’d discovered his relationship with another woman. As the row escalated, the husband dragged his wife into their home, locked the door and beat her unconscious. Neighbours called police, who arrived – hours later – and arrested the man. Nokorwat

Fugitive life over for one of four motobike thieves
Three months after seemingly getting away with a motorbike theft, the law caught up with a moto thief in Battambang this weekend. Police said the man and three cohorts had chased down their target, a 20-year-old man, in December and taken the bike. One of the quartet was finally arrested Saturday. Deum Ampil

Translated by Phak Seangly

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