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Police Blotter: 05-July-2002

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JUNE 21: A 5-year-old boy, Meas Hengke, was kidnapped at 10:15 am while he was in class at a kindergarten school in Boeung Keng Kang 1 precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Police said four gunmen threatened a security guard and abducted the boy, later demanding $300,000 ransom. The boy was freed after his family offered the kidnappers $50,000.

JUNE 22: Chea Sophal, 33, died in Calmette Hospital after being shot during an attempted robbery at 9 pm after parking his motorbike to answer his phone on Monivong Boulevard in Boeung Raing commune, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot in the chest with a K-59 handgun by two thieves. They ran away after Sophal prevented them stealing the bike by using a remote control.

JUNE 22: Meas Samon, 32, a military policeman, was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital after being shot and wounded during a night-time robbery in Boeung Kak 2 precinct, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said Samon, a moto-taxi driver in his spare time, was shot in the leg with a handgun while trying to fight off two passengers who tried to steal his bike.

JUNE 22: A 16-year-old teenager, Kai Nor, was found dead in the early morning at a rice field in O'Kantuy village, Kamchai Meas district, Prey Veng. Police said she was raped then murdered the previous day while looking after her family's cows.

JUNE 23: Yous Sokunthea, 21, a garment worker, died instantly during an accident at 10:45 am while she was on a motodup on Route 2 in Prek Talong village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police said she was hit from behind by a Hyundai truck when the motodup on which she was a passenger crashed after being struck by a moto-remork. The truck driver, Siek Naly, was arrested at the scene.

JUNE 23: Roeun Sarith, 23, was arrested for a murder he stands accused of committing the previous day in Tuol Chrey village, Sampov Loon district, Battambang. Police said the victim, Pom Ham, 20, was stabbed 12 times while trying to escape. He had been sleeping in his hammock to guard his crops.

JUNE 24: A 20-year-old pregnant woman, Thy Routh, was arrested for alleged human trafficking the previous week in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest came after a couple complained to the authorities that their 16-year-old daughter had been sold to a brothel in Sihanoukville for $30.

JUNE 24: A 30-year-old man, Kry Peng Rong, was found hanged from a tree in the early morning in Prek Takieng village, Koh Thom district, Kandal. Police said the man hanged himself after learning he had contracted HIV.

JUNE 24: A 6-year-old girl, Nou Sreymom, died instantly at noon while walking on the corner of 67 and 108 streets in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said she was struck by a car driven by Touch Sakun, 48, an employee at the National Radio of Cambodia, and her body thrown 20 meters. Sakun was arrested.

JUNE 25: A 24-year-old woman, Srey Mao, was sent to Calmette Hospital after attempting suicide at 8:15 am at a guesthouse in Boeung Kak precinct, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said Mao poisoned herself over a love crisis. Mao was in love with her 40-year-old uncle-in-law, who was living in Australia, but who refused her advances.

JUNE 25: A 3-year-old girl, Long Tap, was found dead at 8:20 am in the forest in Peak Sneng village, Angkor Thom district, Siem Reap. Police said she was murdered with a stick, then had her three hun gold earrings stolen while collecting firewood with her aunt, Thay Auch, 21, who was later arrested for the killing.

JUNE 25: Kong Chantha, 36, a moto-taxi driver, was knifed and severely injured during an attempted robbery at around 9 pm in Daun Dom village, Choeung Prey district, Kampong Cham. Police said he was chopped once in the head and stabbed in the shoulder by two men who escaped on a motorbike.

JUNE 26: Khat Dararachna, 40, the deputy director at Wat Koh Secondary School, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being knocked down at 11:30 am in Boeung Raing commune, Phnom Penh. Police said two people on a motorbike hit him on the head with a bottle as he was on his way home from school. Police suspect revenge after he had an argument with a student two days earlier.

JUNE 26: Thaov Chanthea, 15, was shot and wounded during an attempted robbery while riding a motorbike with her sister at noon in Baidom Ram village, Banan district, Battambang. Police said she was hit on the head with the butt of a K-59 handgun then shot in the thigh by Hong Visal, 25. Visal was beaten nearly to death by a mob before being handed to the authorities.

JUNE 28: Tha Vuthy, 25, a moto-taxi driver, was axed to death during a robbery at 7 pm in Ta Prok village, Chamkar Leu district, Kampong Cham. Police said he was chopped several times by three passengers who stole his motorbike.

JUNE 29: Ly Kimhoeun, 23, died in Calmette Hospital after being shot in a revenge attack while watching the football World Cup on television at 8 pm in Sam Bour village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot in the forehead with a K-59 handgun by his neighbor, Soun Khan, 51, a soldier at DN headquarters, with whom he had argued a month earlier. Khan escaped.

JUNE 29: Pich Siev Guech, 21, a sales assistant at the Hong Kong Phone Shop, was robbed at 3:20 pm on Preah Monivong Boulevard in O'Russei 4 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said she was threatened with a K-54 handgun by two people who escaped on a motorbike after stealing 13 phones worth $3,000.

JUNE 30: Noi Vin, 36, a moto-taxi driver, was knifed to death in a robbery at 2:40 am in Tuol Sangke village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said he was stabbed 19 times by his passengers who stole his motorbike. One of three suspected robbers, Kol Kuy, 20, from Chamkar Ovlek village, Kampong Cham province, was later arrested.

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