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Police Blotter: 13 February 1998

Police Blotter: 13 February 1998

Jan 22: Kon Kan, 9, was killed by an unidentified man who cut her throat

while attempting to rob her of two chi of gold, worth about $70, in Prey Teng commune,

Prey Veng.

Jan 23: Peter Bassey Brown, 39 and Chan Keo Monou, who is a Post Office

staff member and a policeman, were arrested by the anti-drug police at the Post Office

and Cafe Freedom for drug smuggling. Police confiscated 1.2 kg of opium and are searching

for more in Brown's body.

Jan 24: One man was killed and another four wounded in an armed robbery

at St. 45 Russey Keo district. A source said that the offenders came in by the back

door and threatened the people on the first floor and took all their gold and money.

Afterwards they came downstairs and asked one of the robbery victims to open the

front door for them so they could take their motor bikes. But when the victim refused

they shot him dead. The offenders escaped with 50 domleng of gold worth about $17,000.

Jan 25: Prom Kim Heam, 44, was injured by his unmarried wife who stabbed

him with a knife after they had an argument. A source said that his wife had relations

with a secret lover and brought him to stay in the house near the Russian Embassy.

She confessed that she had slept with her boyfriend several times when her husband

was not staying in the house.

Jan 25: Ros Seng, 37, a robber, was arrested by Daun Penh military police

after he robbed Nin Tree, a moto-taxi driver, on Monivong Blvd.

Jan 27: Kim Heng, 57, Vith Lon, 36 and Vith Chantra, 3, were all killed

when an unidentified man shot them in a house at Damnak Kantot commune, Kampot. Meas

Saron, a wife, daughter and mother of each respective victim said that the gunman

came, didn't ask for anything, and started shooting at her husband in his hammock,

and at the rest of the family. The offender escaped, taking nothing. The motive is

still being investigated.

Jan 28: Seang Phanda, 22, was run down by a truck in a traffic accident

at 11:30 am on Kim Il Sung Blvd. in front of Toul Kok school.

Jan 29: Om Chanmony, 28, was killed and Soeung Boron, 35, wounded by gunmen

after they had an argument at 10:20 pm near Kong Kea dancing restaurant. A source

said that when the victims arrived they stopped their bikes but one fell on a group

of men who were drinking by the road. They started fighting. One of the men ran to

his base, got an AK-47 and opened fire. The offenders escaped to their base with

the victim's motorcycle.

Jan 29: One of three robbers was killed by a mob after they tried to take

a motor cycle near Yos Metrey pagoda, Ang Snoul district, Kandal. Two escaped.

Jan 30: Phal Chandaranou, a military police officer, was killed by soldiers

after he tried to rescue two women who were abducted by those soldiers. A source

said the victim and his friend came to solve the problem with the soldiers by a peaceful

way but a solider started to fire at him. Wounded, he tried to escape but the soldiers

tossed a grenade to kill him. When his friend saw he was dead he fired back at the

soldiers and killed one of them. Three escaped.

Jan 31: Kheng Dina, a robber, was killed after he jumped out of a car that

police were driving, getting him to show where one of his accomplices was hidden.

The incident took place at Sangkat Toul Tom Pong II Khan Chamkarmon.

Jan 31: Lay Sarath, 29, was gunned down by men riding near Sangkat Wat

Phnom. Police said that the incident was prompted by malice.

Feb 1: An illegal check point man was killed when he pointed a gun at a defense ministry

truck. Men

on the back of the truck shot him when he pointed his gun at the driver and demanded

money at Lach village, Kampong Chhnang.

Feb 1: Four parts of a train fell into the water in Kampot after the iron

bridge it was crossing broke. The train was carrying stone for making cement from

Sihanoukville.

Feb 2: Three men were killed by gun fire at Sangkat Psar Doum Tkauv along

St. 271. Gunmen called for Keo Punleu to ride with them but when Punleu refused one

of the group shot him and drove off. Two others remained shooting a few bullets at

Punleu. Suddenly the police arrived and, after a gun battle, killed two men.

Feb 3: A moto-taxi robber was killed in Kandal by a mob that had heard

some shooting. The offender had also tossed one grenade at a villager's house. It

wounded two people.

Feb. 4: Claude Mathe, 56, a French man committed suicide by hanging himself

at a room at the Singapore hotel in Phnom Penh. Nobody knows the reason for the suicide,

but a source said maybe he had a mind crisis.

Feb 7: A monk at Wat Langka was found with nearly five kilograms of Burmese

heroin that police say was going to be smuggled to Vietnam. "This is the first

time that a monk has smuggled heroin in Cambodia" said deputy secretary general

of the anti-drug police, Heng Peo, adding he had spent a long time investigating

the case that began in Kratie. He said that arresting the monk affected the Kingdom's

religion, so he first brought the monk to the Ministry of Religion to be defrocked

by his abbot. The head monk of the Langka pagoda supported the police action. Heng

Pov said that the monk had confessed that he had four accomplices - three soldiers

and another monk.

- Summarized from newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap

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