WISDOM OF SPORTING HELMETS BORNE OUT
Two men that authorities are calling “gangsters” were severely injured when their motorbike crashed into a bus Wednesday in front of the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh. Police said this was no surprise because the two men were driving very fast and did not obey traffic laws. Witnesses said the two men are lucky to be alive, crediting the quick arrival of an ambulance for saving their lives. Traffic experts said the men would not have been severely injured if they had been wise enough to wear helmets. The people on the bus escaped unharmed, police said.
POOR DRIVING FOILS ATTEMPTED GETAWAY
Police have arrested a pair of accused serial robbers after they found themselves in an accident while making a getaway following their most recent alleged theft. Police said they were able to easily apprehend the men after the most recent incident because of the suspects’ poor driving skills. Residents near a Russey Keo district market rejoiced at the arrests, accusing the suspects of perpetually stealing from people in the market and breaking into people’s homes. However, they warned that other gangsters were still on the loose.
COP STONED AFTER SHORTCHANGING
A policeman was injured after a group of “gangsters” threw stones at him. The cop had insisted on paying one-third the price for a room in a Phnom Penh guesthouse. The officer said he agreed to stay in a guesthouse for the price of 15,000 riels, but he paid only 5,000 riels because he decided he did not want to stay there after all. But a group of “gangsters” who knew the guesthouse owner didn’t appreciate the gesture and responded by throwing stones at the officer, who was seriously injured and hospitalised. The policeman will take his grievance to court.
JAIL SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED RAPIST
A 24-year-old builder has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping his co-worker, a female construction worker. The man was first arrested in March. He insisted he was innocent, but the court found him guilty after considering evidence supplied by a local hospital and the victim.
DAD SAYS DAUGHTER WAS ASSAULTED
A 24-year-old man in Kampong Cham province was accused of raping an 8-year-old girl. The girl’s father says his daughter followed him to work, but then wandered away. When he found her, he witnessed the alleged assault.