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Police Blotter: 14 September 2001

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SEPTEMBER 1: Khim Vandin, 22, a student at the National Institute for

Management, shot himself in the head at 8:45pm at his house in Srah Chak

commune, Phnom Penh. The victim's family told police that Vandin, a popular

singer, may have shot himself after his CD did not sell as well as expected,

causing him to lose money.

SEPTEMBER 1: A couple, Soun Chhoeun, 45, and Choy Nay, 40, fish

vendors, died instantly in an accident at 4:50am on Norodom Blvd in Tonle Bassac

commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the victims were hit by a car while bringing

their fish by motorbike from Prek Ho village, Takhmau district, Kandal province.

The driver, Chea Yu, 17, was arrested.

SEPTEMBER 2: Larch Mab, 31, was shot dead at 2:30pm in Wat Phnom

precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Mab, whom they accused of stealing gold in the

capital, was killed in his car by municipal police while trying to evade arrest.

His two accomplices, Van Sophal, a policeman from Siem Reap, and Rem Soeun, a

policeman from Banteay Meanchey provinces, were arrested.

SEPTEMBER 2: Ham Savoeun, 38, was shot dead in a night-time robbery on

Sisowath Blvd in Chak Tomuk commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, who

worked at Ponloeu Pich printing house, was shot in the head with a K-59 handgun

after he refused to hand over his new motorbike to three teenagers.

SEPTEMBER 2: A 52-year-old man, Sen Long, was shot dead while having a

shower in front of his house at night in Kraing Svay village, Kampong Speu.

Police said Long, a construction manager, was shot from behind by an unknown man

who ran away. Police said they suspected the victim was a sorcerer.

SEPTEMBER 2: Huon Sovan-vichea, 19, was killed in a night-time robbery

on National Road 1 in Prek Cheungprum village, Kien Svay district, Kandal while

taking his girlfriend home. A witness told police that two people on a motorbike

shot Sovanvichea in the head after he resisted them stealing his bike.

SEPTEMBER 2: San Thy, 36, was freed from jail after his family paid

$1,000 to a deputy commissioner in the Phnom Penh municipal criminal police. A

policeman at police HQ said Thy had been arrested July 31 after being accused of

stealing a motorbike.

SEPTEMBER 3: A 31-year-old man, Phal Phon, was found hanging at his

house in Kakarb village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. His

wife, Oun Sokhan told police that she believed her husband hanged himself in

despair at his inability to take care of his three children.

SEPTEMBER 3: An 18-month-old baby was kidnapped at midnight at her

house in Sam Bour village, Phnom Penh. Her father, Yin Chariya, said the baby

was stolen by his nephews, Y Cheng and Y Choeun, who phoned him demanding a

ransom of $40,000. The girl was found in Trapaing Thloeng village, Dangkor

district, after Choeun was arrested.

SEPTEMBER 4: Nuon Sary, 48, was found hanging from the roof of her

cottage in Prek Samrong village, Takhmau district, Kandal. Police said that she

may have been killed elsewhere before being hanged. Her husband, Nin Sarath, 36,

was arrested after it emerged that he had argued with her.

SEPTEMBER 5: Thal Phany, 22, was found floating in a river in Kaki

village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said Phany had been murdered and his

body dumped in the river. Thay, 53, a layman from Sovan Nimol pagoda, was

suspected of killing him after the men had argued over a broken light.

SEPTEMBER 5: Hong Setha-panha, 17, was kidnapped at 5:30am on 508

Street in Psah Doeum Thkau precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Sethapanha, son of

Hong Setha, 45, owner of Boeng Trabek Caltex Station, was bundled into a Camry

after being forced from his motorbike. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of

$20,000, but eventually freed him without being paid.

SEPTEMBER 6: Yung Chany, 42, died instantly in an accident at 7:10am

on Veng Sreng road in Dam Nakthom village, Phnom Penh. Police said Chany was hit

from behind by a trailer-truck after falling from her bike which had crashed

into a tourist's car. Mey Sovannarith, 19, who had given his mother a lift, was

also injured. The truck driver fled the scene.

SEPTEMBER 6: Prum Sovanna, 15, died in hospital after being shot in an

argument over snooker at 8:40am in Tria village, Phnom Penh. Police said Sovanna

was shot once in the throat by Keo Thiraded, 17, son of Keo Sothy, 37, who is

deputy chief of the border police department in the Ministry of Interior.

Thiraded escaped in a Camry car.

SEPTEMBER 6: Sok Vuthy, 30, a teacher at the Universal English school,

was sent to Calmette hospital after being shot in the head at 8:15pm on 47

Street in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Vuthy was shot by two men

who stole his bike.

SEPTEMBER 6: Ek Chan Y, 39, a former soldier from DN headquarters, was

arrested at a guest-house in Psah Thmei precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Chan

Y, a deputy commander-in-chief of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters and who comes

from O Bei Chorn in Banteay Meanchey province, was arrested with three other

men. Police claimed the men had been planning an attack to coincide with the

festival of Pchum Ben. One grenade, six flags and some documents were

confiscated.

SEPTEMBER 6: Hied Touk, 34, was shot dead at 7:30pm at his house in

Prum Kuot village, Bakong district, Siem Reap. Police said the victim, an

impoverished farmer with six children, was shot once in the face by an unknown

assailant who escaped. Police suspect revenge as the motive for the killing.

SEPTEMBER 7: A 31-year-old woman, Khy Savuth, died in hospital after

suddenly losing consciousness in Tuol Krasaing village, Saang district, Kandal.

Doctor said Savuth, a farmer, died from eating puffer-fish. Her husband and son,

who also ate the fish, survived.

Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh

Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by Aun Pheap

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