Police Blotter: 9 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 9 Jan 2013

Community lends a few helping hands, punches
Residents of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district showed community solidarity on Sunday by punching and slapping a man who police say stole a local woman’s motorbike. The  48-year-old allegedly lifted the bike after the woman parked it outside her hair salon. When the 33-year-old owner of the moto noticed someone else riding away on it, she yelled for help and nearby residents responded heroically — and violently. The crowd pummelled the man before turning him over to police. He confessed to the crime and was sent to court, and the woman retrieved her moto. Kampuchea Thmey

Truck driver flees scene after crashing into moto
Police say the driver of a truck hot-footed it after he crashed into a motorbike rider and ran over him in Kampot province’s Teuk Chhou district on Sunday. According to the police, the victim of the crash was riding his motorbike back from a local market when a truck, travelling in the opposite direction failed to stop. He was seriously injured and sent to hospital, but the truck driver fled the scene. Kampuchea Thmey

Friends stick it to man over unsettled dispute
Sometimes, friends literally stick together by arming themselves with sticks. Three men did just that and allegedly assaulted a young farmer last Sunday in the Trapaing Prasat district of Oddar Meanchey. The victim is believed to have had a row with their friend a few weeks ago, fuelling what police believe to be a revenge attack. As he was battered with wooden sticks, the victim shouted for help and the suspects dispersed into the night, but police believe they know their identities. Kampuchea Thmey

Police: lover of karaoke stole to pay for night out
A 26-year-old man needed some cash for a night of karaoke singing and hanging out with the ladies. Instead of applying for a steady job and saving up funds, police say he broke into a home in Battambang province, threatened the owner and stole $100, which he then spent at a karaoke club. Police found him on Thursday and made the arrest. Koh Santepheap

Jealous hubby believed to attack unfaithful wife
Police on Thursday arrested a man in Sen Sok district who beat up his wife in a fit of jealousy. The couple’s six-year-old son had seen his mother kissing his father’s friend, and quickly reported to his father. The father, in a burst of fury, grabbed a wooden stick and attacked his wife. The wife reported him to the police and he confessed, saying his wife had betrayed him. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Phak Seangly

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