Frenchman Bashed and Gashed with Beer Bottle in Street Robbery

Phnom Penh

-A Frenchman (បុរសជនជាតិបារាំង) returning home from a Panda Mart convenience store was badly injured when 2 thieves on a motorbike grabbed the beer he had purchased and used it as a weapon to rob him of his wallet.

-The incident occurred to the west of the National Museum, on Street 178, at the corner of Street 13, in Chey Chumneah Commune, Daun Penh District, at 12:30 am, the 23rd of December, 2013.

-A witness said he had seen the victim enter the Panda Mart to buy 4 bottles of beer which was placed inside a bag. While returning home by foot along Street 178, about 30 meters from the Panda Mart, the victim was suddenly accosted by 2 assailants on a 125 cc motorbike who snatched his beer. The victim was then smashed over the head with a bottle of beer, and then stabbed in the neck, face and back with the busted bottle, before his assailants made off with his wallet.

-The badly injured Frenchman was taken by ambulance to the Calmette Hospital.
-It is not known how much money was in the stolen wallet because the victim could not communicate in Khmer.

The accompanying CEN report differs significantly from the KOH article in that CEN has the victim purchasing canned beer. Thus the weapon used to assault the victim is not the beer, but is vaguely described as ‘a sharp object.’ The nationality of the victim is also not specified. He is merely generically referred to as a foreigner (ជនបរទេស).

Khmer news from the Koh Santepheap translated by Porky Pig

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