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Police Blotter: 31 May 2010

Police Blotter: 31 May 2010


Police in Preah Sihanouk province say a 31-year-old fisherman is on the run after beating his 29-year-old friend and roommate to death following an argument fuelled by alcohol. The incident occurred on Wednesday night in Bey village, located in Sihanoukville’s Commune I. Nearby residents said they first heard the men drinking and fighting in the afternoon, and that later that evening they heard the 29-year-old being beaten in the head with a stick. They also managed to ascertain from the sound of the beating that the stick was 0.3 metres in length.

A fisherman from the capital’s Meanchey district died on Friday while attempting to fish illegally with an improvised electric device. Police said the man had fashioned the device himself out of wires from his house. At first, the man, who was fishing with his brother, was very happy because he managed to catch 4 kilograms of fish very quickly. But while packaging his catch, he accidentally stepped on both the wire and an iron panel at the same time, leading to an electric shock that brought about his demise, police said.

Police in Preah Sihanouk province last week stumbled upon a group of three men suspected of recently threatening to kill a soldier, and managed to catch two of them, confiscating two guns and 200 bullets in the process. On May 16, police said, the men confronted a soldier and told him they would shoot him if he didn’t hand over his car. The attempted auto theft, however, was unsuccessful, police said, though they declined to elaborate. Once in custody the two men helpfully explained that they were fresh from a string of holdups in Takeo and Kampot provinces that primarily targeted jewellery vendors.

Police in Meanchey district have arrested three “gangsters” accused of snatching a bag from a woman in Tomnup Toek commune while she was walking along Street 276 on May 20. The suspected thieves had managed to get away with US$563 as well as an additional 90,000 riels ($21). Police also plan to round up the six other “gangsters” whose identity cards were found in the bag at the time of the arrests.


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