KARAOKE BAR GIVES GOPS THE CREEPS
Police say they didn’t step in when bar patrons allegedly beat on a group of karaoke parlour employees in Kandal province Tuesday because no officer dared to intervene at the establishment known for fighting and shootouts. The three karaoke girls were injured when one client, angry after falling off a sofa, started hitting the girls. Police say they feared the girls would be threatened if they filed a complaint against the men. The police, from Takhmao town, said their policy of dealing with violence at this particular karaoke bar is to wait by the fence outside the parlour.
BLAMED FOR LOSSES, MAN HANGS SELF
Police say a man in Pursat province hanged himself Tuesday after his parents blamed him for the loss of 5kg of cable wires meant to be installed at a pagoda. The family had been in charge of constructing the Baksei Chamkrong pagoda in Pursat’s Phnom Kravanh district. Police said the 24-year-old man took the blame when the wires went missing. His body was found Wednesday.
PHNOM PENH PIMP LOSES SEX APPEAL
The Appeal Court has affirmed a lower court decision sentencing a motorbike taxi driver to nine years in prison after he was convicted of dealing in prostitution in August. Phnom Penh resident Chheng Chhoeun had insisted he was just a regular motodop. However, a Phnom Penh court ruled the man lured three girls to live with him as house workers on promises of a US$100 salary. Instead, the girls were forced to have sex with other men for cash.
BOXING BUFF BEATEN BY BUDDY
Police in Battambang province are blaming “the power of wine” after a man was seriously injured when his friend allegedly beat him with a wooden stick. It happened Tuesday in Battambang’s Sampov Loun district when one man asked his friend, the eventual victim, to take him home. The victim refused, however, saying he was busy watching boxing, before cursing the suspect’s mother. The suspect grew angry and beat the fan of televised pugilism with a stick.