ANGRY MOB DISHES OUT STREET JUSTICE
A would-be thief was detained and beaten on the street by a crowd of onlookers after he allegedly attempted to snatch a handbag but was thwarted. The incident reportedly happened in the early hours of Monday morning, when the man is said to have tried to steal a woman’s handbag near Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium. The suspect was turned over to police and sent to court. Police said the angry mob would have badly beaten the man if officers had not showed up. The man’s alleged accomplice escaped.
'I WAS FRAMED': ACCUSED BIKE THIEF
A 21-year-old student arrested this week for a motorbike robbery he allegedly committed last year insists that he was framed. Police arrested the suspect Monday after a prisoner already convicted in the 2008 theft claimed the suspect was his accomplice. The student, however, is declaring his innocence. Police said that one suspect was jailed, but that another one escaped after the 2008 robbery.
SERIOUS SNOOPING BUSTS SEX HOUSE
Authorities in Battambang have arrested three people and removed 12 prostitutes who were working in a brothel following a “serious investigation”, police said. The owner of the home was suspected of selling sex services publicly. Two of the 12 alleged prostitutes are said to be underage girls who were sent to a local NGO. The others have been sent to the local Department of Social Affairs. Meanwhile, police are looking for the husband of the brothel owner, who apparently escaped before the police raid.
PRISON TERM FOR SLICK PETROL THIEVES
Two men have been sentenced to five years each in prison after being convicted of embezzling petrol from a factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. The two were caught after witnesses spotted them swiping petrol from the factory, which had reported that it was missing oil on several occasions recently. The convicted pair insisted they were innocent.
POLICE ARREST GANG-RAPE SUSPECT
Police have arrested one of four men accused of gang-raping a 35-year-old woman in Pursat province. It’s alleged that the man led the victim to a quiet hut in a rice field, where three other men were drinking wine on Saturday. They allegedly raped her one by one. Police say they found condoms at the scene of the apparent attack. The man has been sent to provincial court, while the hunt continues for the three other suspects.