APRIL 27: Heng Sok, 22, was arrested after trying to steal a motorbike
at 8 am in Veal Vong precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said he was beaten nearly to death
then handed to the authorities after the bike's owner, Hong Bunthoeun, 19, spotted
the attempted theft and called for help.
APRIL 28: Khun Vichit, 23, a Khmer karaoke actor, was shot dead at midnight
while he and his wife were on a moto-taxi in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police
said he was shot in the chest with a K-54 handgun by an unknown man who escaped on
a motorbike. Un Bunpoeu, 41, the moto-taxi driver, was also wounded.
APRIL 28: Suon Rasmey, 21, a garment worker, was knifed to death at 6:30
pm while he and two other friends were eating roast beef in Prek Thom village, Kandal
province. Police said Rasmey was stabbed in the chest and stomach by Vietnamese national,
Mei Haing, 23, over an argument they had two weeks earlier.
APRIL 28: Hang Saroeun, 40, was sent to Preah Sihanouk Hospital after he
was knocked to the ground in Trapaing Thloeng village, Phnom Penh. Police said he
was struck three times on the head with a half meter bamboo stick by his son, Hang
Sopheak, 18. Sopheak was angry that his father had tied his hands and feet after
he refused to listen to his father's good advice.
APRIL 28: Khim Sokhom, 35, the head of the Srah Chak police station, was
beaten and seriously injured at a cock fight at 3:30 pm in Tibuon village on the
outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Sokhom was grabbed and struck on the head with
the butt of his K-59 handgun by those attending the cock fight. They were angry after
he shot four times in the air to disperse the illegal gathering.
APRIL 29: Kieran Christopher, 27, a British national, was found dead at
6:30 pm at the Sunway Guesthouse in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Christopher
died a few days earlier, probably from malaria as they found malaria medication nearby.
His body was sent to Calmette Hospital for an autopsy.
APRIL 29: Houng Sophorn, 18, was arrested for a rape committed four months
ago in Kbal Tumnop village, Phnom Penh. Police said a 19-year-old woman told authorities
he had raped her five times. Sophorn was ordered to pay one million riel in damages,
but refused after he claimed she had agreed to have sex with him.
APRIL 29: Touch Chheang, 65, died in hospital after being axed during a
family quarrel at 7:30 pm in Maung village, Battambang province. Police said Chheang
was chopped several times on the head and body by his 42-year-old son-in-law, Bun
Yong. He was angry that Chheang called him a drunkard while he was hitting his wife.
APRIL 29: Sim Nguon, 34, a construction worker, was shot dead at 8:30 pm
while on his way home in Veal Loak village, Kampong Cham province. Police said he
was shot four times by an unknown assailant armed with an AK-47. The killer, whose
suspected motive is revenge, escaped into the forest.
APRIL 30: The body of a 30-year-old man was found near a canal at 6:30
am in Prek Leap village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the unidentified
victim, who was wearing gray trousers and a black shirt, was murdered elsewhere and
his body dumped. He had been axed several times and had his throat cut.
APRIL 30: The naked body of 20-year-old Chhoeng Morn was found in a rice
field 200 meters from her house in Ponhea Angkor village, Banteay Meas district,
Kampot. Police said she was raped then had her chest cut open with a knife, her eyes
gouged out and her throat cut. Police are searching for the criminals.
APRIL 30: A 23-year-old woman was raped at midnight while asleep in Svay
Pak village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Mong Phea, 26, who is married with
two children, threatened to stab the woman to death, then raped her while her husband
was not at home. Phea was arrested after the victim complained to the authorities
the next day.
MAY 1: Ny Riep, 24, was found dead in a canal in Trang village, Thmar Kaul
district, Battambang province. District police deputy inspector Chea Thaun said she
was raped and murdered somewhere else and her body buried there while she was out
catching frogs the previous night.
MAY 1: Two garbage collectors died and another was seriously injured after
a bomb exploded at 8:40 am in Thmar Kaul village, Samrong Tong district, Kampong
Speu. Police said the victims, Phol Phat, 18, and Lon La, 18, were killed instantly
while trying to break it open for recycling.
MAY 1: Hien Hin, 16, was kidnapped while returning from school at 10:20
am in Sampoeu Thmei village, Phnom Srouch district, Kampong Speu. Police said the
victim, whose family is well-off, was captured and brought to a mountain by three
people armed with AK-47s. He was released after his family offered 15 damleung of
MAY 2: Kim Yoeun, 46, was found hanging at 2:30 pm from the roof of his
house in O Cha village, Battambang province. Police said Yoeun, who was married with
nine children, hanged himself with a nylon line. His poverty had caused him to lose
any hope of taking care of his family.
MAY 2: A 13-year-old girl was raped at 4:50 pm while cycling home on Preah
Monivong Blvd in Boeung Raing commune, Phnom Penh. The girl told police that Bun
Ponlork, 18, blocked her way, threatened to kill her with a slingshot, and took her
to a nearby guesthouse. He was arrested.
MAY 2: Two cremation attendants, Chan Seut, 34, and Soung Chit, 34, were
arrested and beaten nearly to death while drinking wine at 11:30 am in Preah Ponlea
village, Serey Sophorn district, Banteay Meanchey. Police said the men were accused
of cannibalising a homeless man they were cremating at the Svay Chas pagoda.
MAY 3: Kam Nan, 30, was found dead in the early morning in Angkor Ban village,
Kang Meas district, Kampong Cham. Police said the man was axed four times by his
neighbor after an argument during a wine drinking session the previous night. Police
are searching for the killer.
MAY 4: One of three robbers, Meas Dy, 38, died at the provincial hospital
after being severely wounded at 3:20 am while breaking into a house to steal three
motorbikes in Prek Mahatep village, Battambang province. Police said he was shot
in the back during an exchange of fire with the police. They are looking for the
two who escaped.
MAY 4: A 39-year-old man, Ly, was sent to Calmette Hospital after attempting
suicide at 7 am while in a taxi driving from Kampong Chhnang. A doctor told police
that the man had taken 30 quinine tablets after his wife threw him out when he tested
positive for HIV.
MAY 4: Rok Rath, 25, a moto-taxi driver, was arrested after he was accused
of a rape three days earlier in Chhong Thnal village, Russei Keo district, Phnom
Penh. Police said Rath raped a 25-year-old garment worker at a guesthouse while giving
her a ride. She demanded two million riel in damages, but Rath could only offer one
MAY 5: An unidentified 20-year-old woman was found floating in the river
under the Kungkear Restaurant in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the
woman, who was wearing a yellow skirt, a white shirt and a platinum ring on her right
hand, may have drowned. Her body was cremated at Wat Langka pagoda.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun