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Police Blotter: 05 December 1997



Nov 10: Tha and Chamreun were killed by three men who struck them with

a hatchet on their heads at the Kneang forest after they stole two carts with water

buffaloes. The victims's uncle said that one of the robbers came to rent his carts

from him, but he took pity on him because he was an amputee so he asked his nephews

to help him drive a cart to the forest to carry timber. Upon arriving in the forest,

two robbers appeared and killed them and buried them in the forest. One of the robbers

was arrested. The offender confessed that he cannot remember where the bodies were



Nov 14: Ath Rithy, 24, was wounded by military police after he and two

accomplices robbed a moto-taxi driver that they hired. The victim ran to military

police standing nearby. Suddenly the military police came behind and fired a few

bullets in the air to try and stop them but they sped up. With no way to escape they

fell off the motorcycle and ran but one of the robbers was hit by the military police

bullets at 7 pm in Toul Kok prostitute area. The other one escaped.

Nov 14: Chay Son was wounded by cow thieves who shot him when they saw

the victim come downstairs to check on his cows in the stable. The victim said that

when he heard a dog barking he saw five or six cow thieves come to his house to try

to steal his cows. The incident took place at Veal Pong village Kampong Speu province.

The offenders escaped.

Nov 16: Hi Horn, 25, a boat racer, was injured by his friend who beat him

with the wine bottle after the racers enjoyed a few drinks after the races.

Nov 16: Sar Sovannarith, 38, was killed and his accomplice, Lau Hor, 29,

arrested. The two dog nappers were attacked by citizenry after they tried to catch

villagers' dogs at 5 am in Chres village, Khan Russey Keo. The offenders confessed

that every night they could catch three to four dogs and sell them for 7,000 -10,000


Nov 18: Soum Ky, 34, and Chan Voeun, 36, were killed by a mob in Trapang

Cheak village, Sangkat Chom Chav. A source said that the alleged robbers were arrested

by police when they received reports from cowherd boys who saw them steal. The offenders

confessed that they stole a motorcycle from a moto-taxi driver. Police claimed that

when they tried to send them to district police, a mob of people come and took them

back from the police and killed them.

Nov 18: Two people were killed and three wounded in a gun battle over 1000

riels (32 U.S. cents) at guest house No. 98 Eo Khan Doun Penh. A freelance female

pimp, Srey Nuch, demanded 2000 riels from a guest house owner for her commission

after she provided a prostitute to a client at the guest house. The guest house owner

refused, saying he normally gives only 1000 riels. He said that he takes 10,000 riels

from the client and gives 5,000 riels to the girl, 4,000 riels for him and 1,000

riels for the pimp. After arguing, the pimp left the scene but returned with her

husband and his mate. They shot at the owner, wounding him in the shoulder. He fired

back and killed two.

Nov 18: Sreya, a sex-trafficker was arrested by police after they received

a complant from ADHOC that she abducted and locked up a 15-year-old girl to sell

her virginity. The victim said her first client paid $300 and that nine other clients

had sex with her.

Nov 20: Long Samath, 26, a UNDP employee was seriously wonded by gun robbers

who tried to rob her motorcycle at the corner of streets 294 and 51. A source said

that three gunmen followed her. One of the robbers pulled a gun and shot her, but

she didn't stop and made it to the UNDP office. The robbers escaped.

Nov 24: Nouy Chan Ieng, 12, committed suicide by drinking a glass of poison

after he got angry with his father who beat him to make him go to school. The incident

took place at Veal village, Kampong Cham province. The victim's father said that

now he is worried about his wife who is distraught over her child's suicide.

Nov 26: Them Soun, 65, was arrested by police after he burned down his

house. Sources say that he had an argument with his wife and threatened to burn the

house if she told him to leave. His wife told him to go ahead and do it. When he

heard that he set the house on fire. The incident took place at Kandal village, Kandal


- Summarized from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea by Bou




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