Last-minute doubts halt girl’s cremation
Relatives of a supposedly dead teenage girl in Kandal province suddenly aborted a cremation ceremony after they began to suspect that she was still alive. The girl’s body was to have been cremated last week. But when a relative opened the coffin at the last minute, it was discovered that the girl’s hand had fallen from her chest. Then the relatives touched the girl’s body and determined that she was not dead, citing the fact that her skin was still soft and pale and did not smell bad. A doctor examined the body and could not decide whether the girl was dead or alive.
Booze, mystery Lexus blamed for taxi’s flip
A spectacular crash near Phnom Penh’s Mohamontrey pagoda on Friday caused a taxi to flip over, but no one was killed, police reported. The driver of the taxi told police that a Lexus sedan zigzagging across the road slammed into his vehicle, causing it to crash into a divider and flip over. He denied charges from police that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. The taxi was sent to municipal officials, and the taxi company vowed to pay for any damage caused to public property.
Drinking, car smash make drivers sleepy
Police in Battambang province had little trouble finding three men accused of drunkenly crashing a car into a statue, after the suspects apparently stumbled out of their car after the accident to curl up and take naps beside the sculpture. Witnesses reported seeing three drunken men in the car. The collision apparently made the trio very sleepy. Police reported that the victims appeared to be quite intoxicated. One of the men told police the group had just left a “wine house”. Both the car and decorations around the statue sustained damage, though none of the three men was injured.
Cops find kidnapping victim, but not suspect
Police in Pursat province have launched an investigation into a man accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old woman. The woman’s family lodged a complaint against the man when she was taken to the capital. After receiving the complaint, Phnom Penh police found the woman in a guesthouse, but she was not with the suspect at the time. The woman told police that the man, who posed as a security guard when they first met, promised to arrange for her to live in the United States. She said he invited her to eat with him, and that he must have placed something in her drink that caused her to pass out. When she awoke, she said, she found herself in the guesthouse.