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Police Blotter: 28 Apr 2010

Police Blotter: 28 Apr 2010


A 36-year-old man in Prey Veng province has been detained by police after he was accused of pretending to be a monk. Police said the man went to live in a pagoda to be a monk and asked for money from local residents every morning. But following a bit of sleuthing from suspicious villagers and the leader of the pagoda, it was discovered that the man was not a real monk. The pagoda leader said he used to fine the monk after catching him drinking wine nightly. A police investigation has revealed that the man comes from a poor family and came to live in the pagoda as part of a scheme to get money because he has no job.

A 39-year-old police officer has died after he was allegedly beaten to death by his cop buddies in what appeared to be a drunken fit of jealousy in Svay Rieng province. Police said the victim hosted a party with his friends, where the colleagues drank wine together. But then an argument started, and the four friends allegedly beat the victim until he died. The victim’s other colleagues and his family said they were very sad to lose such a good policeman. The four suspect police officers allegedly admitted to beating the man, telling investigators that they were “jealous” of the victim’s great police work.

A 34-year-old man allegedly attacked his mother then threw a stone at his father because his mother refused to pay up after losing a bet. The man, from Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, played a gambling game with his parents on Sunday, police said. The man allegedly hit his mother after she refused to pay when he won the game. His father than hurled a stone at the man, missing him. The suspect then fought back by throwing the stone back at his father, injuring his head. Police said the man’s relatives wanted authorities to put him in jail. They later settled for having him be educated following a “cooling down” period.

Two youths have been seriously injured after a passing car crashed into the motorbike on which they were travelling, police in Kandal province reported. Cops said the car was being driven by a high school student. They blamed the crash on the car-driving student, saying that he must have been careless because he was only 17. The suspect fled the scene of the crash, but police believe it won’t take long to find him because he left his car at the scene of the accident.


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