Two men fall foul of sword-wielding gang
Two men have filed a complaint against seven men whom they have accused of attacking them with samurai swords and knives in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town last week. One of the victims claimed the seven men jumped his friend after they had been drinking. He intervened, but was immediately stabbed in the face and thigh. The assailants escaped, leaving the two men unconscious at the scene. The victims are worried because the suspects have yet to be caught.
Hungry drunkard burns down foodless home
A 28-year-old drunkard set his wooden home on fire because there was no food in it. Police said the man returned to the abode in Kampong Thom’s Kampong Svay district two weeks ago after a night of heavy drinking, and picked a fight with his wife after realising the cupboards were bare. Enraged, he set fire to his house, and his wife and three children escaped to a neighbour’s home. The man fled the scene but was arrested two days later. He was released after “getting education” from authorities.
Woman kills herself after mystery call
A 19-year-old woman killed herself after receiving a mysterious phone call in Ratanakkiri province on Sunday. According to a neighbour, the woman was involved in a conversation on her mobile phone while her parents were out farming. She then locked the door and downed some unknown pills. “Love” is suspected to be the reason for the suicide, but the neighbour said that “no one knew” who was on the other end of the phone call.
Student suspected of trafficking narcotics
Police arrested a student at her house in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Sunday on suspicion of trafficking illegal drugs in the capital. District police said they followed the suspect “several times” before making the arrest. They confiscated three packages of drugs from the student, who said she was consuming them with her buddies. She said she forked out around US$200 for the drugs.
Jewellery vendors lose $10k, gold in robbery
Four men made off with around US$10,000 cash and nearly half a kilo of gold after robbing two jewellery sellers in an armed holdup on Monday. One of the victims said the men followed them to their market stall in Kandal’s Kien Svay district, when one of the men fired three shots in the air, and demanded the money and the gold. The suspects fled, and reportedly made their way to Phnom Penh, where they abandoned their car on National Road 1. Police said they were working to arrest the men.