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Police Blotter: 8 Mar 2010

Police Blotter: 8 Mar 2010

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Officials in Prey Veng province say a 48-year-old farmer was lucky to escape a brush with death after a fish leaped into his mouth and lodged itself in his throat Friday. The man’s sister reported that her brother had caught the fish and was cooking his meal in a clay cooker. But the fish was far from dead. It suddenly stirred and flipped straight into the victim’s mouth. The man could not speak and was, according to the sister, close to death because the fish had jammed itself in his throat. But a doctor at the local hospital managed to pull the fish out safely. The physician said the man was lucky to be alive because there have been “a few people” who have died after fish jumped into their mouths.

A 52-year-old woman in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district tried to kill herself by swallowing poison after an argument with her mother, police said. The incident happened Saturday, when the woman got into a spat with her mother. The mother reported berating her daughter, who she said never did housework or went to work after her husband struck up a relationship with another woman. The 52-year-old was also reportedly angry with herself for being so poor. She then swallowed a poisonous substance, but her mother managed to rush her to hospital, and she survived.

A 43-year-old Banteay Meanchey man is facing charges after he failed in an attempt to stab his wife, and instead reportedly lodged a knife into a passing neighbour three times. The incident happened Saturday. The wife claimed her husband wanted to stab her but “was not successful”. Instead, he saw a neighbour who happened to be minding his own business as he passed in front of the home and allegedly stabbed him three times. The neighbour was seriously injured. The wife said her husband is constantly angry and sometimes tries to stab himself, and that she has been forced to intervene on several occasions. A doctor said the man is “crazy”.

A jewellery vendor was robbed by four men who smashed open a cabinet while armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, police in Kandal province said. Investigators are still looking for the suspects after the Friday robbery. The vendor said the robbers got away with 15 ounces of gold, 20 ounces of platinum and a large sum of cash.


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