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Police Blotter: 28 May 2010

Police Blotter: 28 May 2010


Five people police are calling “gangsters” were arrested at a wedding in Kandal province Monday after squaring off in a dance floor battle between the groom’s friends and the bride’s. The bride blamed the fracas on her new husband’s pals, claiming that they were jealous because the bride’s friends were dominating the floor with superior dance moves, leaving the groom’s guests with no place to boogie. Police said that while the “gangster” guests fought with each other, they caused such a ruckus that they destroyed five motorbikes and seriously injured other guests. Police sent the pugilists to court. The bride’s mother said the rumble caused the family to lose “so much money”.

A policeman in Kandal province was seriously injured Tuesday after a drowsy motorist ploughed into his car while the two vehicles were passing in opposite directions. The motorist was contrite, admitting that he caused the crash. He said it happened because he felt so sleepy at the wheel while thinking of all the family problems he had going on at home. This was a dangerous recipe for carelessness, police said, adding that the crash caused a one-hour traffic jam. The family of the victim, who is still alive, agreed to accept a US$650 compensation package.

A 25-year-old man died while trying to repair a faulty electrical cable on his metal roof after his brother cranked up the electricity prematurely, police in Kampong Cham province said. The incident occurred Tuesday. The victim’s mother said she trusted her son to do the repairs, since he is an electronics repairman by trade. But for some reason, her other son decided to switch on the power before the victim had told him it was OK. The mother said she sent her son to hospital, but medical staff could not help him.

Four people were arrested Tuesday in Preah Sihanouk province after they were caught playing games in a private house. Police said that many people – at least 20, they estimated – were playing games in the house, but the majority managed to flee. Neighbours reported constantly seeing men and women streaming into the house to play cards. Police declared that such game-playing would cause social disorder. If they lose money, they’ll end up stealing to get more, they reasoned.


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