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Police Blotter: 13-September-2002

AUGUST 30: Man Ry, 27, was killed by lightning in Prek Chor village, Sa'ang district, Kandal province. Police said he died instantly while driving his motorbike during a thunderstorm.

AUGUST 30: A 6-year-old boy is missing, presumed drowned, after his father's fishing boat sank during a thunderstorm on a lake near Prek Khsav village, Sa'ang district, Kandal. His father, who was also on board at the time, swam to safety.

AUGUST 30: Prak Sokhom, 38, was arrested after being accused of raping two of his stepdaughers in Lavea Chum village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the elder daughter, who is 14, complained to the authorities that Sokhom raped her while collecting firewood in a nearby forest. He was also charged with raping his 9-year-old stepdaughter the previous month.

AUGUST 31: Police said they are looking for a man, Sok Thy, and a woman, Vanna, in connection with the murder of a moneylender at a guest house in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the head of Chea Sroeun, 46, was wrapped up with tape before he was chopped to death with an axe. It is thought the couple murdered him after he demanded they repay $2,700. The suspects are believed to be Khmer expatriates, normally resident in France.

SEPTEMBER 1: Two men, In Nath, 24, and Ea Pheap, 22, are in custody after confessing to the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Serey Duong village, Traing district, Takeo province. The detainees said they had strangled Svay Da to steal the cows he was looking after.

SEPTEMBER 2: Four people were killed instantly and another three died later in hospital after a traffic accident in Koh Chrum village, Siem Reap. They were among 40 passengers travelling on a trailer to a tree planting ceremony attended by the Prime Minister Hun Sen. Their vehicle left the road and overturned when the driver tried to overtake a truck.

SEPTEMBER 2: Kong Saran, 22, was sent to Calmette Hospital after suddenly losing consciousness at Phnom Penh's port. Police said Saran, a car mechanic from Chroy Ampil village, Kandal province, was given beer laced with sleeping pills by a friend in an apparent attempt to steal his motorbike.

SEPTEMBER 3: Police are hunting for a man, Mao Meungheng, 34, and a woman, Thoeun Yutlim, 33, in connection with a murder in Kauk Chombak village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police alleged that the couple used an electric current to shock Van Rathana, 17, before killing him with an axe and dumping his body in a pit. Rathana reportedly tried to steal their chickens.

SEPTEMBER 3: Nget Thianyan, 32, a motodop driver, was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital for treatment after he was severely injured during a robbery in Boeung Kak 1 commune, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that two passengers chopped Thianyan three times in the head and once in the right shoulder with a hatchet before stealing his motorbike.

SEPTEMBER 3: Meng Navuth, 31, was found hanged in Prek Takong village, Phnom Penh. His family told police that Navuth, a construction manager, committed suicide after his brother-in-law blamed him for the loss of a motorbike.

SEPTEMBER 4: A 69-year-old man, Nou Khat, a vegetable grower, was arrested after he was accused of attempted murder in Boeung Salang commune, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said his estranged wife, Chhim Ren, 48, accused Khat of putting insecticide in a water jar to poison her after they argued.

SEPTEMBER 4: An unidentified 25-year-old man was knifed to death in a robbery in Tuol Kauk village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Pen Sokhon, 55, told police that he and his son, Pen Phally, 21, chopped and stabbed the man after he tried to steal their fighting-cocks. The pair were not arrested as police found evidence on the scene confirming their account.

SEPTEMBER 4: Nun Nann, 19, was arrested after he was accused of raping a 9 year-old girl in Chomroeun Phal village, Chamkar Leu district, Kampong Cham. Police said Nann attacked the girl while she was staying alone at her house.

SEPTEMBER 4: A 17 year-old, Nhem Chhoeut, is in custody after being accused of raping two girls under 6. A 4-year-old girl was raped at her house in Banteay Neang village, Mongkol Borei district, Battambang. She was a neighbor of Chhoeut. He was also accused of raping his 5-year-old cousin the previous month.

SEPTEMBER 5: A 30-year-old woman, Nit Ny, was chopped to death during a family quarrel in Ponlei village, Mesang district, Prey Veng. Police said that her husband Chhit Saroeun, 35, killed her before slashing his throat when their neighbors tried to intervene. Saroeun later died of his injuries.

SEPTEMBER 7: Jhau He Kang, 32, a manager from the Kim Phanny garment factory and a Chinese national, was robbed in his office in Boeung Keng Kang 2 commune, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. He told police that two workers who had resigned from the company threatened him with a handgun when they went to receive their final pay. They escaped on a motorcycle with $20,000.

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