MAY 17: Tim Koeun, 23, was arrested by police for a murder in Sam Rong village,
Takeo province. Police said Koeun beat Nget Phally, 49, to death with a hoe while
riding home on a bicycle. Koeun confessed to police he killed Phally, and stole a
gold ring and her earrings, and 5,000 riel in cash.
MAY 18: Police arrested Thay Bunleng, 16, and his twin brother Thay Bunlang,
16, while washing blood at a pond after committing a murder in Svay Por commune,
Battambang province. Police said the twins organized with Meng Pisey, 17, Kim Sochetra,
14, Serey Vichhit, 15, Ro Buntheang, 15, who were also arrested after killing their
aunt, Thay Phalla, 52, and stealing her jewelry, $782 and 167,200 riel in cash. Phalla
was chopped and stabbed to death with knives and axes when her husband was not at
MAY 18: Two people escaped empty-handed after wounding a motorbike taxi driver,
Yous Siwary, 41, during a nighttime robbery in Chom Chao village, on the outskirts
of Phnom Penh. Siwary, now under medical treatment at a clinic in Phnom Penh, said
the two aimed a K-54 handgun at his waist then shot him in the left thigh after he
tried to fight off the robbers.
MAY 18: Police are looking for Chhun Sopheap, 18, who escaped after killing
Chin Sopheak, 18, at 2pm in Chorm Malou village, Kampong Cham province. A witness
told police Sopheap was angry and chopped Sopheak to death with a heavy knife while
his buffalos were eating his seedling.
MAY 19: Four gangsters escaped on two motorbikes after robbing Heng Linda,
40, a gold seller and money exchanger, while she was in a car waiting for her husband
to open the front door at 4:50pm in Tuol Svayprey 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Linda said
one of the four men smashed the car's window and aimed a handgun at her then picked
up a moneybag containing $20,000.
MAY 19: An ambulance took Meng Sophea, 28, a gold vendor, to a hospital for
operation after two robbers wounded him while he was driving home on a motorbike
with his wife at 5:35pm in Steung Meanchey village, Phnom Penh. A witness told police
the robbers on a motorbike blocked Sophea's path and shot him in the bottom with
a handgun and stole his jewelry bag.
MAY 20: Men Kheng, 25, escaped after injuring his aunt Heang Chheng Leang,
23, during a nighttime argument in Prek Krabao commune, Kampong Cham province. Police
said Kheng stabbed his aunt in the chest with a spear after she came to ask for 40,000
riel, he owed her. Chheng Leang was sent to a hospital in Kang Meas district to remove
MAY 21: Two unknown men robbed a 29-year-old woman, Ol Him, while she was
sleeping at her house in Trapaing Russey village, Kampong Thom province. Him told
police the two robbers knocked at the front door, then tied up her arms with a rope
and stole $50 and 200,000 riel in cash.
MAY 22: Sam Mao, 26, was arrested by police after committing a nighttime robbery
in Boeng Kak 2 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Mao robbed Tes Vutha, 39, a motorbike
taxi driver. Vutha said Mao and two other accomplices stopped him and punched him
in the face as they tried to steal his bike but they escaped empty-handed after police
MAY 22: Police arrested two suspected robbers Chhim Duol, 20, and Cheng Veath,
30, after killing their leader, Uk Sarath, 32, in a forest located in Steung Thmey
village, Kampot province. The two told police the killer was Chon Saray, 37, who
escaped after the murder. They said Saray shot Sarath five times with an AK-47 because
he gave him a smaller share of the bounty.
MAY 22: Heng Chhunhor, 34, a gold vendor, was robbed at 5:30pm while he and
his wife were on a motorbike parked in front of his house waiting for the front door
to open in Rokar Thom village, Kampong Speu province. Chhunhor said two robbers shot
him twice with a handgun but fortunately the bullets did not explode. Then the robbers
picked up his jewelry bag containing 20 damloeng of platinum, one damloeng of gold,
including $120 and more than one million riel in cash.
MAY 23: Police arrested Chea Sophat, 26, and Kong Socheatta, 15, who tried
to escape after injuring Thach Vanna, 29, during a nighttime argument in Tuol Sangke
commune, Phnom Penh. Police said they chopped Vanna twice in the head with a cleaver
and once in the back then damaged his bike.
MAY 24: Authority from the anti-drug department in the Ministry of Interior,
shot dead Kim, 35, and arrested two accomplices at around 4pm at the guesthouse 133
in Tuol Sangke commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Kim met with authorities at the guesthouse
where the deal took place. Police said Kim attempted to rob the authority when they
brought $27,000 in cash to buy drugs from him.
MAY 25: Two gunmen escaped on a motorbike after robbing a gold vendor Kheang
Sovan, 34, at around 7am while carrying his wife on a motorbike to Pochentong market
where they work everyday on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sovan said the robbers blocked
his path and knocked him down with the butt of a handgun then stole his jewelry bag
valued at $9,000.
MAY 26: Lightning killed a woman, Yan Pang, 41, during a heavy rain at 3pm
in Sangke Vear village, Battambang province. Police said the lightning struck when
the woman was sheltering under a mango tree.
MAY 26: Sok San, 20, was found dead at the base of Monivong bridge in Phnom
Penh. After investigating, police said San jumped from the bridge while trying to
escape from the attack of a group of gangsters who had argued with him the previous
night at a restaurant in Meanchey district.
MAY 27: A motorbike taxi driver Chim Mon, 47, was found dead in the early
morning in Trapaing Ron village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Mon was reportedly
shot once in the chest with an AK-47. Police suspected robbery was the motivation
of the killing because his bike had been stolen.
MAY 28: Police are looking for Chey Chansophal, 26, a medical doctor and pharmacy
owner, who escaped after wounding a mental person, Ngout Ngim, 34, at 9:20am in Prek
Anchan village, Kandal province. Police said Chansophal shot Ngim in the thigh with
a K-54 handgun after he created problems and threw a rock over the shop where his
wife was working.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun