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Police Blotter: 15 August 2003

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AUGUST 1: Police arrested Sem Saing, 38, after he was accused of a murder

committed two days earlier in Sra Mor village, Kampong Cham province. Police said

the man killed his neighbor, Thai Soeun, 52, with whom he had recently argued over

land. Soeun was reportedly chopped eight times with a knife after returning home

from buying food for his family.

AUGUST 1: Thierry Robert Charles Lemaire, 50, a French national, was shot

dead at 7:30 pm while getting off his motorbike in front of his house in Slar Kram

village, Siem Reap province. A witness told police that two gunmen shot him in the

chest before escaping on a motorbike. His Khmer girlfriend, Ngoun Simey, 24, suspects

her estranged husband organized the killing as she had left him for the Frenchman.

AUGUST 1: Police sent Sin Lim Aun, 24, to Calmette Hospital after he was severely

wounded during a night-time argument in Tumnop Tuol Kork precinct, Phnom Penh. A

witness told police that two men wearing bodyguard uniforms knocked the victim down,

shot him once in the shoulder with a K-59 handgun, then escaped on their motorbike.

AUGUST 1: A motodop driver, Sok Kimtieng, 25, was sent to the provincial hospital

after being severely wounded in a robbery at 11:30 am in Ampil village, Prasad Bakong

district, Siem Reap. Police said he was ordered to stop by his passenger, Kim Sok

Heng, 27, who then shot him in the chest with a K-54 handgun. Sok Heng was later

arrested after trying to flee on the stolen motorbike.

AUGUST 2: A 27-year-old woman, Him Sophorn, was found hanged from a tree in

front of her house in Por village, Prey Veng province. Police said Sophorn, who was

married with two children, may have committed suicide after her husband criticized

her behavior in an argument.

AUGUST 2: Sai Heang, 23, was sent to the provincial hospital after being knifed

at a dance at 10 pm in Sre Pring village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said he

argued with his neighbor, Seng Ny, 19, who then stabbed him in the stomach and ran

away. Heang's family filed a complaint with the police and demanded two million riel

for medical treatment.

AUGUST 3: Sok Ngoeun, 23, was knifed and seriously injured after leaving a

dance at midnight in Lapeak village, Kampong Cham province. Ngoeun said he was stabbed

once in the stomach and five times in the back by four gangsters who subsequently

ran away. Police sent him to the provincial hospital for treatment.

AUGUST 3: A 44-year-old gold vendor, Em Chantha, was shot dead in a robbery

in Pich Changva village, Takeo province. Police said the woman was shot in the chest

with a K-59 handgun after trying to fight off four robbers who escaped in a car after

stealing 20 damleung of gold. Pha Touch, 44, another gold seller, was also robbed

of ten damleung of gold.

AUGUST 4: Khao Porseang, 39, the distributor of JET cigarettes, was sent to

Calmette Hospital for surgery after being shot while leaving the Visal Sok clinic

at 9 am in Tuol Svay Prey 1 precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Her driver,

Mean Vannak, told police that two gunmen shot her in the head and foot with a K-59

handgun before escaping on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the motive as

she was being investigated as part of a lawsuit over a $60,000 debt.

AUGUST 4: Ly Khoeun, 42, was the victim of a night-time robbery in Sangke

village, Prey Veng province. The man told police that four gunmen struck him on the

head with the butt of an AK-47, tied his arms behind his back, then stole nine chi

of gold, 3,000 baht and 50,000 riel.

AUGUST 5: Chroeung Sochea, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being knifed

during a revenge attack at midnight while on the way home from a drinking wine in

Svay Pak commune, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sochea told

police that a neighbor, whom he named as Rith, and another unidentified man blocked

his way before stabbing him in the chest and escaping.

AUGUST 5: Police arrested a 69-year-old man after he was accused of attempted

rape in Pang Teuk village, Koh Andet district, Takeo. Police said the man tried to

rape his 7-year-old granddaughter while visiting her mother.

AUGUST 5: Police arrested Sao Hal, 48, after he tried to kill his wife at

7:15 pm in Daung village, Piem Ror district, Prey Veng. Police said he chopped Thong

An, 38, eight times after she refused to cook for him. Hal had learned she was having

an affair with a neighbor. She was sent to Neak Loeung Hospital for treatment.

AUGUST 6: Police arrested two suspected robbers who were trying to escape

on a motorbike after they stole jewelry at around 4 pm at Tuol Sangke market in Russei

Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the robbers, Bin Sal, 25, and Mean Riem, 22,

who had a K-59 handgun, threatened a 35-year-old woman, Sok Hun, before taking seven

damleung of gold.

AUGUST 6: A 16-year-old girl, Khoun Dina, was shot dead at 2:30 pm in Thmar

Pich village, Kampong Cham province. Police said she was shot once in the chest with

an AK-47 while collecting rubber at the Chup Rubber plantation. The gunman escaped

after the shooting, but was identified as a neighbor.

AUGUST 7: Keo Sovan, 29, the administration manager at ISUZU, died in the

Russian Hospital after he was shot while talking on a public phone at 7:15 pm in

Tumnop Teuk precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot in the chest by two unidentified

men who fled on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the motive as Sovan had recently

sacked four employees after they were found stealing money.

AUGUST 8: A 20-year-old unidentified man was found dead in the early morning

in Svay Chrum village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said he was murdered

elsewhere with an ax, and his body dumped in the area the previous night. The reason

for the killing is not known.

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

Pheap

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