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Police Blotter: 11 February 2005

JANUARY 29: The headless and limbless torso of an unidentified man was

lifted out of the water in Bot Trang commune, Sihanoukville. Police said the man

was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped in the sea one week ago.

JANUARY 29: Police arrested two suspected robbers in Bale Lay

village, Banteay Meachey province. Police said the suspects, Phan Phally, 21,

and Chhai Yoeut, 25, tried to escape after stealing a friend's motorbike in

Battambang province. Por Chanthy said they knocked him down then they escaped on

his bike. The robbers later confessed to the police that they sold the bike for

Baht 7,000 ($175).

JANUARY 30: A 37-year-old woman, Hear Sokhen,

was found hanged from a cashew tree in the early morning behind her house in

Prey Kuy village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Sokhen, a teacher at Prey

Kuy primary school, committed suicide because she had a family crisis after her

husband left her for another woman.

JANUARY 30: Two suspected

robbers were shot dead with an AK-47 while trying to evade arrest from police at

10:30 a.m. in Tar Ngor village, Kampong Cham province. Police said the suspects,

Sam Sokhom, 35, and Chhea Chhun, 27, opened fire and tried to escape after they

were ordered to stop while preparing to commit a robbery.


30: One person died instantly and four other people were severely injured

after a K-58 mine exploded at 8:30 p.m. in Kralar Chas village, Banteay Meanchey

province. A witness said one of the victims, identified as Arth, 47, tied the

mine to his waist. The mine exploded while Arth was sitting on it while drinking

wine with other people.

JANUARY 31: Heang Livan, 19, was sent to a

hospital for medical treatment after he and four people were attacked by six

gangsters at around 9 p.m. in Preah Ponlea village, Banteay Meanchey province.

Police said Livan was stabbed once in the stomach and chopped five times in the

back with a heavy knife during an argument. The assailants escaped after the


JANUARY 31: Var Chansivuth, 23, was knifed to death while

returning home from a dance where he argued with a group of people in the early

evening in Tiboun village, Kampong Chhnang province. A witness told police the

assailants blocked the path of Chansivuth and attacked him with a heavy knife

then they ran away. The witness said the assailants were angry as Chansivuth

stepped on the foot of their friend while dancing.


Srey Touch, 27, died on the way to Calmette Hospital after she was found

unconsciousness at around 9 p.m. at a guesthouse in Boeng Kak precinct, Phnom

Penh. A doctor said Touch died from heart attack while having sex with her

boyfriend, Thomas Wald, 39, an Australian national. Thomas said Touch came from

Kampot province, and she had a problem with her heart.


2: Nhean Khdeap, 31, was arrested for a murder he committed the previous day

in Khsam village, Kampong Cham province. Police said the man killed his wife,

Sim Kheak, 27, and one-year-old daughter while he was drunk. Khdeap pushed his

wife down and slit her throat then he grabbed his daughter and killed her the

same way.

FEBRUARY 2: Police arrested a brothel owner, Sok Navy,

32, after they found 11 girls at her house in Tar Huol village, Siem Reap

province. Police said Navy was accused of human trafficking and exploiting in

accordance with the law. The girls were sent to the Cambodian Women's Crisis

Center (CWCC).

FEBRUARY 3: A farmer, Rom Virakvuth, 43, was axed

to death during a revenge attack at 9 p.m. in Pau Chrey village, Prey Veng

province. Police said a neighbor, Mey Pon, 32, climbed up Virakvuth's house and

chopped him four times in the forehead and the face then he escaped on foot.

Police said Virakvuth had argued for several years with Pon over a land


FEBRUARY 4: A policeman killed a suspected robber with a

K-54 handgun after he attempted to steal a motorbike at a restaurant in Prek

Talong village, Phnom Penh. Ouy Koy, 33, said Pov Varth, 23, tried to escape

after stealing his motorbike while drinking beer with his other friends. A

witness said Varth was shot in the chest and died instantly after Koy asked for

help to stop the thief.

FEBRUARY 4: Police are looking for a group

of gunmen who escaped after robbing a jewelry vendor at midnight in Prasard

village, Prey Veng province. Prum Heng, 44, told police the robbers forced him

to open the front door and entered his house then aimed at him and his family

with an AK-47 and a handgun. They escaped after collecting his 12 million riel

and 28 damleung of jewelry.

FEBRUARY 5: A village chief, Man Ry,

49, was shot dead in a robbery at 10:30 a.m. while returning home from a visit

to his grandson who is under treatment at National Hospital for Children in Chak

Chrouk village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that two

civilian gunmen shot Ry in the chest with a K-54 handgun then they escaped on

his motorbike.

FEBRUARY 6: A 23-year-old woman, Sour Cheang, was

found dead at around 8 a.m. near a lake behind her house in Prek Talong village,

Phnom Penh. Police said the woman committed suicide with insecticide after she

had argued with her husband the previous night. Cheang was angry because her

husband criticized her as she didn't know how to cook a good meal for


FEBRUARY 6: Veng Vanthan, 26, was taken to Calmette Hospital

for medical surgery after being shot at 7:35 a.m. while sitting in front of his

house in Psar Kandal 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Vanthan was shot once

in the stomach with a handgun by two robbers who stole a three damleung platinum

necklace before escaping on a motorbike.

FEBRUARY 4: A group of

gunmen escaped after committing a nighttime robbery in Prek Treng village,

Kandal province. Sok Hoeun, 45, said the gumen entered his house and fired more

than twenty times at his family with a rifle and a handgun. They escaped after

collecting a two-damleung platinum necklace, five-chi gold necklace and 200,000

riel. Police said four people were severely wounded during the


FEBRUARY 6: A construction worker, Soeun Vibol, 17, was

arrested but later killed by a mob after committing a nighttime robbery in

Meanchey village, Phnom Penh. Mao Hok, 35, told police that Vibol and three

accomplices forced him to open his house in an attempt to steal his


FEBRUARY 7: A small truck driven on a local route in

Treng Trayoeng village, Kampong Speu province crashed at 8:30 a.m., causing one

death and fifteen injuries. Police said the truck ran off the route and

overturned as the driver lost control after a moto-remorque crossed the


FEBRUARY 8: The Provincial Court sentenced a 25-year-old

man, identified only as Pheak, to 25 years in prison for a rape committed two

months ago in Teuk Chea village, Kandal province. The court reported during the

hearing that Pheak raped a girl, Mao Sreyvich, 18, while returning home from a

garment factory where she worked at night. Pheak was ordered to pay $2,000 to

the girl as damages.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap

and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap



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