JANUARY 1: Phoeun Chun, 27, was arrested after raping a 15-year-old girl while
she was cutting grass for her family's cows at 9:30am in a rice field in Chrouy Chrey
village, Kandal province. The girl complained to police Chun raped her then threatened
to kill her if she told her parents about the rape.
JANUARY 1: Mey Saphat, 25, was attacked with a sword while dancing with other
people during a wedding party in Samaky village, Svay Rieng province. Saphat, now
in a provincial hospital, told police an unknown man chopped him twice, in the shoulder
and the arm, then ran away.
JANUARY 1: Police arrested Kuch Noeun, 16, and Yoeun Lapauch, 21, who were
accused of a murder three days earlier in Phnom Penh Thmey village, on the outskirts
of Phnom Penh. Police said the pair killed a man and put the body in a sack then
dropped him into a nearby lake. Police are looking for another accomplice, Kuch Sokna,
21, who escaped.
JANUARY 2: A gold vendor, Penh Bunthoeun, 34, was robbed while driving home
on a motorbike from Oudong market at 4:30pm in Chamkar Loung village, Kampong Speu
province. Bunthoeun told police two robbers on a motorbike blocked his path, knocked
him down by hitting him on the forehead with the butt of a K-59 handgun, then stole
his bag of gold valued at $40,000.
JANUARY 2: Kong Nary, 24, was found dead around 7am in Kaun Sat village, Kampot
province. Police said Nary was strangled and they suspected someone killed her to
keep her quiet after attempting to rape her.
JANUARY 3: One of two pickpockets, Keo San, 29, was shot in the leg and wounded
after stealing a money bag from a foreigner at 2pm in Boeng Prolit commune, Phnom
Penh. Police said San was arrested while hiding in a lake in Chong Koh village, Russey
Keo district, Phnom Penh. They are looking for an escaped accomplice, Nhok, 24.
JANUARY 3: Soeum Lim, 50, was shot and wounded in a revenge attack at 5:30am
as he and his wife transported materials on a motorbike to a primary school where
they are going to sell boiled rice to children in Khsach Pouy village, Battambang
province. Kong Saloeun, 45, told police a gunman appeared from a sidewalk, shot her
husband twice in the leg then ran away.
JANUARY 3: Noeuv Chamroeun, 38, was severely injured while watching television
at 8:40pm in Chhoeu Teal village, Kampong Thom province. A witness told police Chamroeun
ran out of his house bleeding and shouted for help then lost consciousness. Police
said Chamroeun was hit on the head with a rock, his neck had been cut and his chest
had been stabbed five times with a knife. He was taken to a district hospital, then
to a hospital in Phnom Penh.
JANUARY 3: Sborng Lai, 42, was found dead in a rice field in Memaing Tbong
village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Lai was killed with a heavy knife and
his head cut off. A witness told police three people were involved in the murder
but escaped. The witness said the three accused Lai of stealing a plastic pipe from
their water pump.
JANUARY 4: Sok Bunchhin, 20, was shot and severely wounded during a nighttime
argument in Stung Meanchey commune, Phnom Penh. A bystander told police Bunchhin
was shot once in the groin with a handgun while parking his bicycle to watch an argument
between two groups of gangsters. He had surgery at Preah Kossamak hospital.
JANUARY 4: Doung Vutha, 20, was attacked by a group of gangsters at 8:30pm
while going home from a restaurant where he had been drinking and eating with five
friends in Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. A friend said one of six gangsters
chopped Vutha many times in the back with a cleaver then they all escaped on motorbikes.
Vutha was taken to Chamkar Chek hospital.
JANUARY 5: A 16-year-old girl complained to police that she was raped by kickboxer
Sam Bunsen, 21, at 12:30pm in her house in Serey Meanchey commune, Battambang province.
The girl said Bunsen escaped after raping her while she was watching television when
her parents were not at home.
JANUARY 6: Rin Cheng, 20, was stabbed with a bayonet while arguing with ten
gangsters during nighttime dancing in Andong Thmar commune, Sihanoukville. A bystander
told police the gangsters hit Cheng with sticks and stabbed him in the back, then
escaped. Cheng was taken to a municipal hospital then transferred to Preah Kossamak
hospital in Phnom Penh.
JANUARY 6: Police are looking for Khim Sawai, 24, who they say killed his
wife, Chea Rim, 20, at 4am in Chambak village, Battambang province. Police said Sawai
escaped after strangling Rim with a rope. A neighbor, who heard the couple arguing
the previous night, said Sawai was angry because Rim would not consent to have sex.
JANUARY 7: Chheang Mony, 33, was shot dead while sitting in his parked car
at midnight in Ta Phol village, Siem Reap province. Police said Mony was shot once
in the head and five times in the back with an AK-47. Police are looking for two
people who were in the car but absconded.
JANUARY 7: Canadian Kerry John Laverty, 48, was found dead at 8:30am in his
room in the riverside Paragon Hotel in Psar Kandal Commune, Phnom Penh. Police said
some medicine was found in his room. The body was taken to Calmette Hospital for
JANUARY 8: Sin Oun, 24, was found hanging dead at 3pm in her house in Tuol
Sangkae commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Oun hanged herself with a rope because she
was not happy as her family were forcing her to marry within a week.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun