Man arrested for killing
Police have arrested a man allegedly involved in killing a Japanese man and robbing the cash he had won from a Cambodian casino. Police Major General Ronasilp Phusara said 28-year-old Cambodian Sok Na fled to Thailand last month and was found in Chachoengsao Province on Thursday. Sok Na and four other suspects are accused of killing 44-year-old Japanese tourist Kitakura Kosei in March and taking the cash he won at a casino in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The winnings were worth about US$18,000. Ronasilp said Sok Na confessed he was riding a motorcycle for the gunman.
Kindergarten head arrested
Police have arrested the head of a kindergarten and her associate over the deaths of two children from a rival school who ate yoghurt injected with rat poison, state media said yesterday. The five and six-year-old girls from northern Hebei Province died after eating the yoghurt which they had found in a bag on the side of the road while walking to school with their grandmother. The rival kindergarten director, Shi Haixia, and her associate Yang Wenming “admitted that they injected the poison into the yoghurt and left it on the street,” the China Daily said. “Their intention was to damage the reputation of the rival kindergarten.”
Suicides over homework
Two teens committed suicide after “failing to complete homework assignments,” state-run media said yesterday, in an extreme case highlighting the immense pressure schoolchildren can face. A 15-year-old boy in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, who failed to finish homework from a three-day public holiday jumped to his death at about 11am on Thursday, the China Daily said. A 13-year-old boy in the same town got up at 4am on Thursday to complete holiday assignments, but was found hanged on a staircase at his home two hours later, it said. “In a suicide note, the boy said he loved his parents, felt sorry for them and hoped they could bring lilies, his favorite flower, to his grave,” it said.
Mine collapse kills scores
About 100 miners are estimated to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in the Darfur region and nine rescuers trying to free them are now trapped, a miner said yesterday. “Nine of the rescue team disappeared when the land collapsed around them yesterday [Thursday],” said the miner, who had visited the scene and asked to remain anonymous. On Monday the unlicensed desert gold mine began to collapse in Jebel Amir district, more than 200km from the North Darfur state capital El Fasher.
Fake detectors lead to jail
A millionaire businessman who sold fake bomb detectors has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. James McCormick made an estimated ￡50 million (US$77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. Prosecutor Richard Whittam said the devices, which sold for up to ￡27,000 each, claimed to be able to find explosives and drugs under water and from the air. He said in fact they “lacked any grounding in science” and were no better than trying to detect explosives at random.
Hall pleads guilty to assault
BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to multiple assaults on young girls. Prosecutors said on Thursday that the 83-year-old sports broadcaster has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults. Hall was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986. He admitted guilt in court in mid-April but the information could not be made public for legal reasons until reporting restrictions on the case were lifted on Thursday. He earlier had denied wrongdoing. He will be sentenced on June 17. The corporation announced that Hall will “no longer be contracted by the BBC.”
Slayer guitarist passes
Heavy metal guitar legend Jeff Hanneman, 49, has died of liver failure, his band Slayer announced on Thursday. “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother ... passed away at about 11am this morning,” read a statement posted by the group on its Facebook page. Hanneman, who died at a hospital in Southern California, has been suffering since 2011 from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite, according to news reports. It is not known whether the illness played a role in his death. Hanneman was a founding member of Slayer, known for music that the group described as “punishing yet precise.”
Wildfire rages in California
A wildfire fanned by gusty winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze. The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along a major highway about 80km northwest of Los Angeles. It was quickly spread by the winds, which also pushed other damaging blazes across the region. Flames quickly moved down slopes toward subdivisions, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Fire officials said on Thursday afternoon that a hazardous materials team will deal with a store of highly toxic pesticides that caught fire at a Laguna Farms property, according to the Ventura County Star.
Police bust smuggling ring
Police say they have arrested 30 suspects who allegedly smuggled drugs into Spain through the southern coast using boats and jet skis. The Interior Ministry said on Thursday that the gang used fishing and recreational boats to carry drugs from Morocco to rendezvous points in the Mediterranean Sea. Once there, hashish was transferred to couriers on jet skis. The ministry said the organization laundered its profits using a catering business in the Sierra Nevada region.Police say they seized 488kg of hashish, 11 vehicles, three ships and two firearms worth an estimated 3.3 million euros (US$4.3 million).