Police arrest pair of serial sword fighters
Police in Tuol Kork district briefly detained two students accused of employing swords while fighting with students from a rival school. In the past, the students routinely resorted to swordfights when push came to shove, but Tuol Kork residents were particularly frightened by the latest incident because it had occurred on a public road. The boys were detained and “re-educated”. Their parents were called in.
Car smacks into tree; drunken driver flees
A drunken man drove his car into a large tree in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district on Monday. Witnesses reported watching the man veer his “very modern car” square into the tree before fleeing the scene on foot. They said he did not appear to have suffered any injuries. Police said he should not have abandoned his car following the collision, and that they planned to fine him double the amount he would have owed had he stayed put.
Lovestruck woman’s suicide jump thwarted
Police stopped a 24-year-old woman – who later said she was sad because her love interest was married – from jumping off a bridge in Kampot town on Tuesday. Police said she was drunk when she climbed the railings of the bridge, but that they managed to talk her down anyway. She was detained for questioning, but could not give answers because she was too drunk. Her friend said she was a karaoke girl who fell for a married man. She was returned home after being released, and has vowed not to try to kill herself again.
Villagers win battle against gang of six
Six “gangsters” were injured by an angry mob during a fight at a party in Banteay Meanchey province on Monday. A witness said the hoodlums were partying, drinking and dancing when villagers became enraged because of their rude behaviour. The villagers then joined forces and assaulted the “gangsters”, and all six were sent to hospital. Police said the men would be detained and sent to court upon their release from hospital, despite the fact that they were assaulted.
Drug smugglers caught at point of sale by cops
Police arrested two men accused of smuggling narcotics in Banteay Meanchey’s Mongkul Borei district on Monday. Police said the men were attempting to sell the drugs to a buyer when they were detained. The men confessed to trafficking drugs, and said they had run smuggling trips “many times”. Police sent the case to the provincial court for further investigation.