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Police Blotter: 14 July 2006

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JULY 1: Mam Phally, 21, was arrested for a murder committed two days earlier in Poan Vath village, Prey Veng province. Police said Phally killed a nun, Kao Sun, 76, by strangling her with a krama, then attempted to assassinate a monk, Yang Sarith while they slept at a wat. Phally confessed that he killed Sun to keep her silent as she knew he recently stole two million riel from the wat.

JULY 1: First Lieutenant Kuch Panha, 30, shot garment worker Lim Srey, 18, in the neck with an OX handgun while she was sitting on a guesthouse verandah at 8:20pm in Domnak Thom village, Phnom Penh. Panha, who works at the General Commander-in-Chief headquarters, told police he shot once into the air as he was angry after a rock was thrown over the roof of his house. He was arrested but later freed after offering Lim Srey some money for medical care. She was taken to Chantrea clinic.

JULY 2: Oliver Ansaelens, 31, a Belgian, was chopped to death during an argument at midnight at the Sakal restaurant and bungalows in Sihanoukville. Lok Limin, deputy chief of the provincial police office for corpse inspection, said Ansaelens died instantly from head injuries after he was struck nine times with a cleaver by a restaurant worker, Tony. Khlaut Poeu, a cook at the restaurant, told police the argument happened after Ansaelens created a problem and tried to hit Tony when he became drunk.

JULY 2: Kong Channa, 20, was taken to Preah Kossamak hospital in Phnom Penh for medical treatment after he was knifed while driving a moto-remorque at 6:30pm in Prey Samrong village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal province. A passenger said the assailant was identified as Suon Bunrouth, 22, who called to Channa to stop then stabbed him in the stomach and ran away.

JULY 2: Prak Rinda, 20, a motodop, was arrested for robbery in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Rinda and his two accomplices escaped after stealing a gold necklace and a mobile phone from a 17-year-old girl while she was walking on the footpath at midnight two weeks earlier.

JULY 3: Pich Oun, 36, was taken to a provincial hospital for medical treatment after being axed during an argument at 1:30pm in Kom Nop village, Oddar Meanchey province. Police said Oun was chopped three times in the head by Srey Yoeun, 37, who was later arrested. A bystander said the argument happened after Yoeun accused Oun of stealing his chicken.

JULY 4: Police arrested Choup Choeun, 53, who was accused of raping his 83-year-old mother-in-law in Trapaing Kak village, Kampong Cham province. The woman told police that Choeun punched her twice in the face then raped her while she slept alone at her house the previous night. Choeun confessed that he fell in love with his mother-in-law after he drank wine at a neighbor's house.

JULY 4: Police are looking for Moun Nymuol, 25, who escaped after killing his friend, Loung Bopha, 26, during a drinking session at 7:30pm in Kampong Por village, Kandal province. Police said Bopha had invited Nymuol for a party after he got his wages from an ice factory where he worked in Phnom Penh. Bopha was stabbed in the chest with a knife and he died instantly.

JULY 4: Police arrested Khan Deth, 19, who was accused of raping a 10-year-old girl in Mittapheap commune, Sihanoukville. Police said Deth raped the girl while she was catching crabs in a field during afternoon rain.

JULY 5: Pout Khoeun, 37, was axed to death by his brother, Pout Khy, 31, at 2:10pm in Phnom Tauch village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Khy chopped Khoeun four times in the head while they were arguing, then escaped. A neighbor told police the argument happened after Khy came to stop Khoeun, who beat his daughter when he drank. The neighbor said Khoeun deserved to die because he created a problem with his family when he was drunk.

JULY 5: Sum Samnang, 25, was shot and wounded during a robbery at 7:10pm while parking a motorbike in front of Soun Bapha karaoke shop where he is going to sing a song in Khbal Damrey village, Phnom Penh. Samnang, under medical care at Preah Kossamak hospital, said one of two robbers, shot him in the neck with a handgun then escaped on his bike.

JULY 5: Four people with an AK-47 escaped after robbing Sok Chan, 56, while he was at home with his wife at 9:30pm in Talak village, Kampong Speu province. Police said the robbers entered the couple's house and tied their arms then stole a motorbike, two damleung (75 grams) of gold, and 350,000 riel in cash.

JULY 6: Keo Nimol, 42, a construction worker, was arrested by police for questioning after his wife complained that he raped a 15-year-old stepdaughter in Prey Chisak village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. The girl's mother told police Nimol had raped the daughter more than ten times so far. The girl said Nimol offered her around 5,000 riel to 10,000 riel for every rape.

JULY 7: Sothea, 27, was arrested by police for questioning after a 12-year-old girl accused him of raping her a week earlier in Tuol Krous village, Pursat province. Police said Sothea called the girl to see him in a nearby rice field at night then raped her. The girl said Sothea gave her 3,000 riel after the rape, and threatened to kill her when she tore up the money.

JULY 7: Bun Sboeuy, 37, was taken to a provincial hospital for medical treatment after he attempted suicide at noon in Samrong village, Siem Reap province. Police said Sboeuy cut his throat with a knife as he could not find his younger sister who had gone missing about three days earlier.

JULY 8: The headless body of an unidentified man was found at a canal in the early morning in Prey Sar commune, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police came to examine the corpse and said the man was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped there two days earlier after his head was cut off with a heavy knife.

JULY 8: Nguy Sokneng, 26, was robbed of his motorbike while driving home at 9:20pm in Chong Cheach village, Dambe district, Kampong Cham province. Sokneng said two people put a wire across the road, and he hit the wire and fell down. The robbers escaped on his bike. But police later found one of the robbers, shot him and arrested him. They named him as Chheng Chhen, 56.

JULY 8: Police are looking for Ngan Ngoun, 75, who escaped after killing his son-in-law, Choung Kong, 42, during a family argument at 10:30pm in Lavea Tbong village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Ngoun was angry and beat Kong to death with a steel bar after Kong punched his wife, Ngoun's daughter, in the face.

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

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