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Crime and Tragedy

Sath Kok Sreng and Phun Chan Ousaphea / Khmer Times Share:

Mother’s Little Helper Knocked Out   
PHNOM PENH – An argument among three adults on Borey 999 Street in Chamkarmon district ended when the 13-year-old son of one of them was beaten unconscious Sunday evening.  

Neighbors say the boy’s mother was engaged in a heated argument with 38-year-old Vin Sochen Ta and her husband when the teenager arrived armed with a steel pipe arrived to back up his mother. Mrs. Ta’s husband disarmed the teenager, beat him with the pipe and kicked him in the head when the boy buckled over from the thrashing. Mrs. Ta then took a chopping block and knocked the boy out when he fell to the ground.

The boy was sent to the Russian hospital upon regaining consciousness. 

Police later took Mrs. Ta to the station for questioning and are searching for her husband, who fled the scene.

Seven Nabbed for Luring Investors with False Promises
SIEM REAP – Seven staff members of Empire Big Capital Limited, an investment brokerage in Siem Reap, have been charged with fraud after being arrested Sunday afternoon. 

The seven brokers had allegedly lured people into buying fraudulent investment funds, promising a yield of at least 10 percent a year. 

Khim Bun Song, the provincial governor, ordered the company to be investigated after receiving complaints from customers that some of its employees were engaged in fraudulent and unethical practices.

Investigation revealed the Hong Kong-based company was not licensed in Cambodia. Provincial police have collected company records for further investigation. 

The seven employees were arrested and taken to the police station for questioning. They will be transferred to the prosecuting court when paperwork is complete. 

Drug Bust Draws a Kilo of Meth
BATTAMBANG – Acting on a tip-off, police raided the location of a drug-dealing operation at Ratanak commune on Saturday evening.

Three suspected drug dealers were arrested. They are Keo Rattana, 41, from Banteay Meanchey province; Seang Sokha, 45, from Phnom Penh; and Lan Dara, 27, from Stung Treng province.

At the provincial police station, the three men confessed to buying the drugs from their supplier with the intent of re-selling it. 

Police impounded a kilogram of crystal meth and a car. The trio will be sent to the provincial court for prosecution.  

Phone ‘Thief’ Beaten then Turned Over to Police
PHNOM PENH – A 31-year-old man was beaten up after failing in his attempt to steal two iPhones from a couple of law students.

The students, 27-year-old Ka Ying Nu Lor and 21-year-old Nak Saksi, were playing football under the NT building on Russian Blvd when they observed Som Siseth Sila park his motorcycle and saunter over to a bench where they had placed their rucksacks. 

Mr. Sila then removed the two phones from the bags, hopped on his vehicle and started to ride away. 

The law students began shouting for help. Passers-by and drivers chased down the alleged thief, beat him and then turned him over to the police for questioning.

Tontine Operator Turns Herself In
BANTEAY MEANCHEY – A woman who operated a tontine scheme and couldn’t pay her subscribers turned herself in to police in Poipet on Sunday. 

Tang Mengkeang, 55, said she could not pay her subscribers because the group had become too big. She had 128 subscribers paying $30 a day and was diligent in collecting the premiums. 

Ms. Mengkeang said she had loyal subscribers working with her for many years, but when some jumped off, she had to pay part of the “pot” out of her own pocket.  

Operator and subscribers later met at the police station to find a way out of the dilemma. The customers wanted their money back and Ms. Mengkeang did not want to go bankrupt. 

Tontine is an annuity scheme where subscribers pay regularly and accumulate funds. The winner of the “pot’ is drawn at the end of a predetermined period. 

Couple Arrested after Ice Bust
KAMPONG THOM – A couple was charged at the provincial court on Sunday morning with possessing drugs with the intent to sell.

Ngoun Heang, a member of the provincial narcotics squad, said Hong Si Kem, 35, from Stueng Saen district, and his girlfriend, Seun Mom, 40, from Prey Veng province had previously sold drugs in Siem Reap. 

They had been under police surveillance for some time.  

The provincial prosecutor ordered police to set a trap last Friday for the suspects.

They had an ex-dealer call the suspects and arrange a meeting at a location on National Road 6A that the couple allegedly used to conduct a deal previously.

They were arrested that evening. Police seized fives packages of crystal meth and two cellphones from the pair.

Alleged Child-Rapist Detained
TBONG KHMUM – A 27-year-old-man, Ho Heat, has been charged with the attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl. 

Long Sarin, the district deputy police chief, said the girl and her three siblings were sleeping in a small house 10 meters away from their parents’ cottage when the suspect broke in early Sunday morning.   

He broke in through the roof and tied the girl up, the police officer said. He then held her mouth shut and carried her off to a nearby banana tree. 

When he began to undress the girl she started shouting, which alerted her father. The father rushed out of his home to protect his daughter but the alleged criminal had fled by the time he arrived. 

Mr. Heat was subsequently detained for questioning after the girl named and described him to police.

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