Wine QUAFFER LETS LOOSE ON FRIEND
A Pursat man was sent to provincial court on Friday after being accused of punching and kicking a companion during a white-wine bender on Wednesday night. Police said that the incident took place in Pursat’s Phnom Kravanah district. The suspect’s drinking buddy reported that his friend started beating him for no reason before locals broke up the scuffle.
SCURRILOUS SCRIBES SNAGGED BY POLICE
Two journalists were sent to Kampot provincial prison on Friday on charges of extortion. Police said the pair are accused of ordering a commune chief to pay them US$75 in exchange for their witholding of a scandalous story. Kong Sokhan, the chief of the penal police office, said that the two were apprehended last Tuesday in a sting operation as police descended on a cafe in which the pair had planned to collect their blackmail money from the victim.
MAN wields SWORD AGAINST RELATIVES
A 42-year-old man was arrested by police in Kampong Cham province last Monday on suspicion of attacking members of his family with a samurai sword during a drunken rampage. The suspect’s family members told police that he was always noisy and violent with his relatives when he became drunk and that he had been mentally unbalanced ever since his wife left him several years ago. The relatives added that after many similar episodes, they finally decided to file a complaint.
B’BANG BAG THIEF CHASED DOWN
A Battambang man was arrested last Monday on suspicion of snatching a woman’s purse as she strolled through a park in Battambang town. Police said the suspect spied the woman walking alone as he was riding his bicycle through the park before he successfully snatched her purse, which contained US$70, a passport and a mobile phone. Police added that he subsequently tossed it away during their pursuit of him.
FOREIGNER DiES IN P SIHANOUK HOSPITAL
A British national died on Friday at a referral hospital in Preah Sihanouk province of an unidentified illness. Provincial police said that the man had been in and out of the hospital for treatment and had been staying in a number of different places, lacking a permanent address in the area.