AUGUST 26: Two gangsters attacked three friends riding home on a motorbike
from a restaurant where the two groups had argued in Sras Chak commune, Phnom Penh.
The assailants escaped after killing Tim Sophal, 21, and stabbing vehicle repairer
Ros Bunthan, 20, in the stomach, police were told by their friend Hang Preng, 20,
who was unhurt. Bunthan was taken to a hospital.
AUGUST 26: Hour Hoeun, 59, was arrested by police for questioning over a grenade
attack that killed two people and injured six others in Prey Svay village, Battambang
Province. Sok Soeu, 57, told police Hoeun recently argued with him in a dispute over
land. A neighbor, Keo Koeun, told police Hoeun had previously attempted to throw
a grenade over the house of Sok Soeu, 57, with whom Hoeun had a land dispute. But
Koeun came upon him and took the grenade from Hoeun's hand and threw it into a nearby
AUGUST 27: Police arrested a student, Noun Phearun, 16, for trying to rob
a woman at 8:30am in Kop Ambel village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal province. Police
said Phearun was captured while escaping into a nearby forest after villagers came
upon him when they heard a woman, Nam Theara, 32, shouting for help. Theara said
Phearun threw pepper over her face and injured her eyes when she tried to resist
AUGUST 28: The Kampong Cham Provincial Court detained four people charged
with killing a neighbor's dog three days earlier in Trapaing Chambak village. Heng
Luy, deputy prosecutor, told reporters the arrest was made after Yaing Yoeun complained
that the four, Rith Chhoun, Van Sambo, Eng Samarth, and Pheng Bunthoeun, killed his
dog and ate it. Luy said even if only one pen were stolen, the person who took the
pen would be a thief. He said a dog is the property of its owner, so whoever takes
it is a thief.
AUGUST 29: Meng Sai, the former director of the anti-human trafficking office
at the Ministry of Interior, was arrested after being accused of extorting money
six months previously in Phnom Penh. Police said Sai had absconded six months earlier
after the Ministry of Interior suspended his job and opened the way for the court
to investigate his case. Police said Sai extorted $20,000 from a Korean national
and gave the cash to the former municipal police chief, Heng Pov, for a ransom for
release after he was arrested for human trafficking.
AUGUST 29: Chhum Chak, 38, was freed by Kandal Provincial Court, which found
him not guilty after a 15-year-old girl accused him of raping her in Ta Chor village,
Kandal province. The girl told the presiding judge, Chey Sovan, that Chak raped her
when she was gathering vegetables behind her house. Chak denied the rape and said
she volunteered to have sex with him. The girl said Chak promised to give her 5,000
riel, but he gave her only 2,000 riel after the rape.
AUGUST 29: A woman, Wai Yim, 47, was sentenced to four years in prison and
fined four million riel after Phnom Penh court convicted her of drug trafficking
from Steung Treng province to Phnom Penh. The presiding judge, Sao Meach, said Yim
was arrested on February 12, while she was selling about 2,000 pills in Chey Chumnas
commune, Phnom Penh. Yim denied the charges.
AUGUST 29: A 15-month-old baby, the daughter of Ou Sophea, 27, was found dead
at 7:30pm in a paddy field in Prey Tea village, Phnom Penh. Police came to examine
the body and suspected robbery was the motive for the killing because Sophea said
her gold earrings and a gold ring were stolen. Police said the girl was abducted
while the family were diverted by a new television they had bought.
AUGUST 29: Seang Heng, 20, was fatally attacked while walking home from work
at 7:30pm in Psar Depot 3 commune, Phnom Penh. A passerby said one of six gangsters
chopped Heng from behind with a cleaver then escaped. Heng was taken to Preah Kossamak
hospital, then transferred to Calmette Hospital, where he died.
AUGUST 30: Chhan Hean, 35, died in a hospital after Ta Baraing, 60, stabbed
him with a knife during a drinking argument in the evening in Kbal Spean village,
Banteay Meanchey province. Chhoeung Sokhom, chief of the provincial police office,
said Hean was stabbed twice in the stomach and the chest, and taken to the hospital,
where he died. Baraing was arrested for murder.
AUGUST 30: Doeu Thisovantola, 20, died at Calmette Hospital two hours after
jumping from the fifth floor of his house in Mittapheap commune, Phnom Penh. Police
said Thisovantola killed himself because of a love crisis; a neighbor said an army
general had put an end to Thisovantola's love affair with his daughter.
AUGUST 31: A group of six robbers escaped after killing Sin Soch, 30, while
he was eating dinner with his wife at 8:30pm in Toul Prich village, Ang Snoul district,
Kandal province. Chap Kim told police one of the robbers asked her husband to come
out of the house, and they shot him in the waist with an AK-47 when he opened the
door. Kim said the robbers grabbed some property and escaped. She said they had tried
to rob her family many times after her mother-in-law recently sold a plot of land
AUGUST 31: Police are looking for Muy San, 28, who escaped with his family
after killing his uncle, Bou Soy, 50, during an argument at 9:30pm in Dak Por village,
Kampong Speu province. A neighbor told police San was angry and axed Soy three times
in the chest and the back after Soy screamed at him when San told Soy to speak quietly
while he argued with his wife.
SEPTEMBER 2: Kang Him, 57, and his daughter, Sim Vanay, 18, were fatally gunned
down during a night robbery in Kraing Makak village, Kandal province. Him's wife,
Chuon Yom, 55, told police that six robbers forced and opened the front door and
killed her husband with an AK-47 when he tried to resist them, then shot dead the
daughter. Yom said they stole her daughter's one damleung (37.5g) gold necklace then
SEPTEMBER 2: A 60-year-old man, Ti Meng, was arrested for the multiple rape
of a 15-year-old girl over two weeks in Chan Mongkul village, Takeo province. Chum
Chhoeun, chief of Prey Kabass District Police, said a 15-year-old girl complained
that Meng had sex with her when she came to his house to buy rice. The girl said
Meng had sex with her twice during the two weeks, and he bartered her one kilogram
of rice each time in exchange for sex.
SEPTEMBER 3: A money exchanger, Heng Bun, 53, was robbed while opening his
shop at 6:20am in O'Russei market, Phnom Penh. Bun said one of two robbers aimed
a K-54 handgun at him and demanded his cash bag containing ten million riel, then
they escaped on a motorbike.
SEPTEMBER 3: A fisherman found the body of a motorbike taxi driver, Long Khoeun,
53, at 8:15pm on a dike in Andong Trach village, Battambang province. Police came
to exam the body and said Khoeun was murdered elsewhere and his body dropped there
during a robbery in the early evening. Police said the killer stabbed Khoeun three
times in the back with a knife.
SEPTEMBER 4: Police freed a 5-year-old boy, Pov Sovansak, who had been kidnapped
the previous day in O'Russei 2 commune, Phnom Penh. Yim Simony, chief of January
District Police, said Sovansak, the son of a money exchanger, Pov Koy, was captured
by two young people who took him away on a motorbike while playing with other children
in front of his house. Police arrested two suspects when they came to get $15,000
ransom from Pov Koy.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun