Local police not cowed by ‘nephew’ of top cop
Police in Tuol Kork district arrested a man on Thursday after he attempted to prevent them from investigating a car crash that left one man injured. Police said that a Honda CRV crashed into a cart, leaving one man hurt. A woman suspected of driving the car fled the scene and is still at large. As police arrived to investigate, the man emerged and warned them not to investigate, claiming he was the son of a high-ranking police official. The police did not believe him, and he was arrested.
Basketball accident leaves Pursat boy dead
A boy at an orphanage in Pursat province died last Tuesday after an accident that occurred as he was playing basketball. The director of the orphanage said the victim had lived at the centre for two years without any significant health problems. As the boys were playing basketball, the director said, the victim fell and hit his head on the ground and died 10 minutes later.
Soldier pays his way out of rape charges
A soldier in Phnom Penh was released from custody last week after he agreed to pay US$5,000 in compensation to a woman that he allegedly raped at a guesthouse, local authorities said. Police said the suspect had known the victim for one year and had raped her three times before. The victim’s father eventually filed a complaint against the suspect and the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court issued a warrant for his arrest. Following the compensation payment, however, the complaint was withdrawn.
Kampong Cham siblings drown in river tragedy
Two siblings in Kampong Cham province died on Thursday while they were playing in a river during a rainstorm. The victims – a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy – drowned as they were playing with four other children near their homes. As the two victims got caught in the current, the other children went to inform their parents, but had trouble reaching them quickly because most families in the area were attending a wedding. The children’s bodies have not yet been found.
Man faces amputation following accident
A Phnom Penh man was seriously injured in a traffic accident last week as he was standing in the bed of a lorry. Witnesses said that the man was injured when the driver of the lorry had to brake suddenly to avoid a passing motorbike. Following the accident, the man was taken immediately to Calmette Hospital, where doctors said they were considering amputating his legs.