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Police Blotter: 27 Apr 2010

Police Blotter: 27 Apr 2010


Mystery and intrigue surround the death of a 23-year-old Vietnamese man after he fell from a casino building in Svay Rieng province Saturday. Police said the man must have leapt to his death because he lost so much money. The man’s mother, however, decried what she said was a specious explanation for her son’s death. Someone must have killed the man because he had borrowed too much money to gamble, the mother said. However, patrons who were at the casino that night say the man killed himself because he was on a losing streak. The casino owner said the man had been losing all day.

A driver in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district created a disturbance Saturday when he crashed his “big car” into a large advertising hoarding, which then toppled over onto the street, causing a traffic jam for an hour, police said. Police say the man was drunk when he carelessly ploughed his car into the sign, adding that the man will be ordered to pay compensation to the owner of the billboard as well as the city. Police also said they had advised the man that he should not drink and drive.

A 20-year-old factory employee is dead after he was assaulted by a group of “gangsters” in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district Saturday, according to police. Police said the man was talking on the phone on the street when the gangsters pounced. The man was sent to hospital but died after he arrived. Police eventually arrested one of the suspects, who told police his group had confused the victim for a rival gangster. Police then surmised that the man died of “gangster confusion”.

A farmer is dead after his brother-in-law stabbed him with two knives, police in Battambang province said. The victim’s wife said that on Saturday, the man’s brother-in-law really wanted to drink wine with the victim, but that the victim refused. After that, the brother-in-law allegedly took large knives and stabbed the victim until he died. A neighbour said the family bickers daily. “Their family did not have happiness,” the neighbour reported. Police said they will try to catch the suspect and send him to court. But they also noted that the family now seems secretive; they reasoned that it was because both the victim and his alleged killer are part of the same unhappy family.


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