Police Blotter: 30 Jan 2012

Police Blotter: 30 Jan 2012

Motive remains unclear in capital cleaver attack
A group of seven men critically injured a 27-year-old after attacking him with cleavers in the capital’s Tuol Kork district on Saturday. Four of the victim’s friends said they were on their way to a night club when seven men on five motorcycles stopped them, then fought and hacked them with cleavers. The wounded man was sent to hospital, and the suspects escaped. Police said the motive for the attacks was not known. Koh Santepheap

Young man dies trying to steal electrical wire
A man was found dead near an electrical pole on Saturday in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district. Police examined the man, who was estimated to be about 20, and concluded that he was cutting the live electrical wire in an attempt to steal some when he was electrocuted. A pair of scissors, a vice and a cart were found near the body. Police are looking for the dead man’s family. Kampuchea Thmey

Aunt sent to hospital after nephew attacks
A 29-year-old man who had allegedly thrown bricks at his aunt was charged with assault on Friday in Phnom Penh. Police said that the suspect, who lived in Meanchey district, had attacked his 49-year-old aunt with bricks on Wednesday after an argument. She sustained head wounds, fell unconscious and was hospitalised immediately. The suspect was arrested on Thursday after family members filed a complaint. RasmeI Kampuchea

Pair attempts to snatch necklace, one arrested
A 17-year-old student was arrested on Friday for attempting to steal a woman’s necklace in the capital’s Prampi Makara district. The owner, 41, said one of two teenagers on a motorcycle tried to snatch the necklace. After some struggle with the suspect, bystanders helped to catch one thief while the other managed to escape. The apprehended suspect is a medical student at a university in Phnom Penh. Nokorwat

Would-be motorcycle thief caught in the act
A motorcycle owner caught a 45-year-old man red-handed as he attempted to steal his motorcycle on Thursday in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district. The owner, 35, said he was loading a van with goods when he saw the suspect starting his unlocked motorcycle in an attempt to make off with it. The owner turned him over to the police. The suspect’s wife claimed that her husband had been suffering from mental illness. Police said there were no medical documents to prove the claim and he was sent to court. Nokorwat