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Police Blotter: 06 October 2006


SEPTEMBER 22: At least one person died and two others were severely injured during a nighttime dancing argument between two groups of gangsters in Khdol Krom village, Battambang province. A bystander told police Srey Srash, 19, was beaten with sticks and chopped with a sword then later died at home. The bystander said the argument happened after one of ten gangsters threw a cigarette butt over Srash's head.

SEPTEMBER 22: Un Chantha, 25, was arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl three nights earlier in Piem Tonlea village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said Chantha raped the girl only 150 meters from her house while she was walking home from watching a dance.

SEPTEMBER 22: A group of ten drunken gangsters escaped after killing Meak Savuth, 21, while he and his four friends were going to watch a dance at 10pm in San Kor village, Kampong Thom province. Savuth's friend said Savuth was killed with sticks and his body dumped in a nearby canal. The friend said the gangsters objected to outsiders coming to join in their fun.

SEPTEMBER 23: A frog hunter found the body of a woman, Thon Than, 20, at 3:30pm in a paddy field in Boeng Smok village, Pursat province. Police said Than was murdered in the morning with the back of an ax after being raped while she worked in the field. Police suspected the rapist was a neighbor who killed her to silence her.

SEPTEMBER 23: Mop Sreynhep, 20, was sent with gasoline burns to a district hospital after her estranged husband, Keo Sak, 25, attempted to kill her at 8:20am in Kampong Trea village, Kandal province. Police said Sak put his arms around Sreynhep and poured two liters of gasoline over her then set fire to her when she refused to reunite after he had left her for eight months. Sak was also injured and taken to Preah Kossamak hospital in Phnom Penh.

SEPTEMBER 23: Phim Pheap, 25, died on the way to a district hospital after drinking insecticide at 2:30pm in Svay Proteal village, Saang district, Kandal province. His mother said Pheap drank insecticide after she criticized him over behavior when he was drunk. The mother said his son had attempted suicide twice before but on those occasions she had been able to save him.

SEPTEMBER 23: Preap Sokha, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after being knifed during an argument at a karaoke shop in Phnom Penh Thmey commune, Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh. Chhun Sophoan, 22, said the argument happened after Sokha punched the shop owner's younger brother, Chit, in the face because Chit made a pass at Sokha's girlfriend. Chit chopped Sokha three times with a heavy knife then escaped.

SEPTEMBER 26: Un Ly, 48, was arrested while coming to police to confess his crimes in Trapaing Thnel village, Kampot province. Police said Ly killed the village chief, Khieu Non, 59, with an ax at 4:40am when Non came upon Ly raping Non's wife. Ly said he chopped Non seven times in the neck, head and shoulder. Non was sent to the provincial hospital in Takeo for treatment, but died on the way.

SEPTEMBER 26: Chum Saroeun, 43, was arrested after his wife accused him of raping their 15-year-old daughter in Serey Van village, Battambang province. His wife said she came upon Saroeun having sex with the daughter, who told the mother her father had been having sex with her since late 2005. The daughter said the father threatened to kill her if she did not agree to have sex with him.

SEPTEMBER 26: Four people were arrested after a robbery a week ago in Balaing village, Kampong Thom province. Police paraded the suspects, Prak Sin, 24, Rith Chhay, 35, Soun Chan, 62, and his daughter, Chan Rem, 31. Police said the four robbed Seng Koeun, 38, a grocery vendor. Police confiscated two AK-47s they say they found at Chan's house.

SEPTEMBER 28: A security guard at the Embassy of Japan, Ty Bunleng, 48, was found dead at 6:20am behind the embassy in Phnom Penh. According to a witness, police said Bunleng committed suicide by jumping from a water tank 30 meters above the ground. Police said Bunleng had a family crisis going back two years.

SEPTEMBER 28: Thong Yom, 25, was killed while walking home from a karaoke shop where he had argued with ten people in the early evening in Chamkar Ovleuk village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A witness told police the gangsters attacked Yom with sticks and chopped him with a cleaver then ran away.

SEPTEMBER 30: Police arrested Chin Oeun, 38, after his second wife, Sin Pheap, 42, who accused him of raping a 16-year-old daughter in Kbal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey province. The girl told police the stepfather raped her seven times while they were working in Thailand. The girl said Oeun later raped her three times when the mother was not at home.

SEPTEMBER 30: Poul Samom, 45, was stabbed with a spear and severely injured in a family argument at 7pm in Prek Tatun village, Kandal province. A witness told police Samom was stabbed in the chest by his brother-in-law, Oeun Bonarth who came to help his sister while she was fighting with her husband. Samom was taken to Preah Kossamak hospital to remove the spear.

SEPTEMBER 30: Ny Sitha, 41, was arrested after killing her husband, Nil Sovan, 42, the previous night in Svay Chek village, Banteay Meanchey province. According to a neighbor, Sovan was strangled with a krama and his body dropped in a canal behind the house. Sitha confessed that she killed her husband because he knew she had been having a love affair with another man.

OCTOBER 1: Long Vith, 41, was arrested for a murder the previous night in Trapaing Skun village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Vith killed a 17-year-old girl, Heng Chanthou, while she was walking home from a nearby rice field. Police said Vith raped Chanthou twice, suffocated her, then gutted her.

OCTOBER 1: Two unknown men escaped after shooting dead a car garage owner, Porng Chandy, 40, while he was eating lunch with his family at 12:30pm in Stung Meanchey commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said two unknown men entered the garage and shot Chandy in the head with a K-54 handgun then escaped on a motorbike. Police suspected revenge because the gunmen escaped empty-handed.

OCTOBER 1: A motorbike taxi driver, Loam Ran, 44, was taken to Preah Kossamak hospital after he suddenly lost consciousness in Trapaing Thloeng village, Phnom Penh. Ran, from Prey Veng province and now living in Phnom Penh, said he had been drugged with sleeping pills after drinking a can of milk given by a passenger who stole his bike.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap



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