Police Blotter: 7 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 7 Jan 2013

Cleaver-wielding hacks make off with $9,000
Police suspect revenge rather than greed motivated the brutal attack and robbery of an older couple in Kampot’s Kampong Trach district on Thursday. They said the husband and wife, both 60, were headed home on a moto when two men with cleavers chased them and hacked at their heads, limbs and bodies. The men snatched their bag, which contained some $9,000, and escaped, leaving the victims unconscious. The couple was sent to hospital in Vietnam, and police are searching for the suspects. Rasmey Kampuchea

Man sticks to his guns, gets stick to the head
A 43-year-old father in Kandal province’s Takhmao district found on Saturday that standing up to a family member could be quite a headache. Police said the father intervened when he saw his brother-in-law, 46, attempting to injure the younger man’s teenage son. In return for his attempt to stick it to the man, the father got a wooden stick to the head from the belligerent bully. The father was hospitalised and police arrested the suspect. Kampuchea Thmey

Broke B’bang boyfriend busted for stealing moto  
A woman in Battambang’s Phnom Proek district probably wasn’t too pleased when police came to her house on Saturday, close on the heels of her boyfriend and his new moto. Police said the boyfriend had stolen the moto from a farmer who’d forgotten to lock it up. A neighbour tipped off cops that the thief had fled to his lover’s house, and they arrested him there. The suspect confessed, saying he was jobless and penniless. Nokorwat

Abusive karaoke beau sings jailhouse blues
A 23-year-old karaoke girl in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district wound up with a wounded heart and face after her boyfriend lashed out at her on Friday. Police said the 33-year-old boyfriend, who also worked in the karaoke parlour, flew into a rage when his lady accused him of crooning in another girl’s direction, and punched her in the face several times. The woman filed a complaint to police, who arrested the man. Nokorwat

Washed-up thief regales cops with heroic heists
Apparently eager to impress police, a 23-year-old resident of Pursat town arrested for burglary on Friday maintained he’d made more impressive thefts back in his Phnom Penh days. The self-identified ex-moto thief said he’d hightailed it to Pursat after police got a whiff of his numerous crimes. But it was stealing about $30 and some mobile phones from a Pursat barbershop that did him in. The shop’s owner complained to police, who arrested him and listened patiently to his tales of past glory. Nokorwat

Translated by Phak Seangly


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group