Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

This undated photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police on Oct. 27, 2019, shows British national Amelia Bambridge. (AP)
Updated 30 October 2019

Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

  • Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted

KOH RONG, Cambodia: Police are questioning six Cambodian men employed in tourist establishments about the disappearance of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, an official involved in the search for the 21-year-old woman said Tuesday.
Koh Rong Gov. Noun Bunthol said the six men were in police custody for questioning about Bambridge, who hasn’t been seen since last Wednesday night when she left a beach party on Koh Rong island in southwestern Cambodia. Her bag with money and a cellphone was found on a nearby beach, and her passport was found in the room where she had been staying.
Noun Bunthol said no charges had been filed against the six, who worked at restaurants, hotels and guesthouses on the island. He said police received a note from some Western visitors saying the men had in the past acted badly toward foreign tourists, especially females.
A top Cambodian police official vowed that the search for Bambridge would not be ended until her fate was established.
“We have decided the search mission will not be ended until we find her alive, or her body if she has died,” the police chief for Preah Sihanouk province, Maj. Gen. Chuon Narin, said in a phone interview.
He said the search has been expanded to cover not only Koh Rong island, where Bambridge was last seen, and surrounding waters, but also nearby islands and farther offshore in the Gulf of Thailand.
Local fishermen and neighboring provinces in southwestern Cambodia have been alerted to pass along any information, Chuon Narin said.
There has been speculation that Bambridge may have drowned. Koh Rong commune chief Chhoeun Chantha told The Associated Press on Monday that he believed that might be the case because the authorities found her belongings on a rock close the water’s edge near the party site.
Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted.
He said he believed she had been “taken,” telling Sky News: “I don’t think she’s had an accident. If she’d had an accident she would have been found by now.”
Members of Bambridge’s family who came to Koh Rong to aid the search traveled to the mainland Tuesday to meet with Preah Sihanouk Gov. Kouch Chamroeun, but details of their discussion were not immediately available. Her family learned of her disappearance when she failed to check out from her hostel.
Koh Rong, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) offshore in the Gulf of Thailand, covers an area of about 78 square kilometers (30 square miles).


Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Updated 12 November 2019

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

  • Bags belonged to passengers transiting through Changi and using Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir
  • Changi handled nearly 65.6 million passengers last year

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state’s airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world.
Tay Boon Keh, 66, had pleaded guilty to charges of swapping the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs.
He made the swaps between November 2016 and February 2017 out of “frustration and anger” after his request for additional staff at his work section was ignored, a district court heard.
Suitcases originally bound for various parts of the world, including Perth, Manila, Frankfurt, London and San Francisco, were affected, according to court documents.
The bags belonged to passengers transiting through Changi and using Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir.
Tay was suffering from major depressive disorder when he committed the offenses, the court heard.
But state prosecutors said evidence presented at a hearing showed his condition “did not contribute significantly to his commission of the offenses” as he continued to have control over his actions.
Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min said the swapping could have caused “potentially, even serious or fatal, consequences” as some passengers could have been left without medications.
Changi handled nearly 65.6 million passengers last year.