Catch him!!l Mob kills motorcycle thief: police From correspondents in Phnom Penh 26jan05 AN enraged mob of about 100 people armed with knives and axes hacked a thief to death after he attempted to steal a motorcycle in north-western Cambodia, police said today. Police said the unidentified man was killed by villagers on Monday shortly after he stabbed and robbed motorcycle taxi driver Huon Reth, 23, who died in hospital from his wounds yesterday. Nuth Ly, police chief of O Chrov district which borders Thailand, said the robber had hired Huon Reth to drive him from Keam village toward Chang Ha commune and then attacked him. "As the thief was getting away with the motorcycle, police and villagers chased him and he fell to the ground. Then the crowd of villagers surrounded him and hacked him to death," Nuth Ly told AFP. Mob justice meted out to suspected murderers, rapists and thieves has been rising for several years in Cambodia, where the courts barely function after nearly three decades of conflict which only ended in 1998.