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Police Blotter: 15 March 2002



MARCH 1: A 22-year-old man, Moeun Ym, was beaten to death during a night

time robbery in Kauk Thnoat village, Prasad Bakong district, Siem Reap. The provincial

criminal police chief, Doung Sokha, said the victim, a moto-taxi driver, was struck

with a hammer several times on the head by two passengers who stole his motorbike.


MARCH 1: Sim Saroeun, 45, was knifed and injured during a quarrel in Prek

Pra commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Saroeun, a fruit vendor, was stabbed twice by

his creditor, Sok Ly, 49, who was angry at his refusal to pay 58 million riel he

owed her. Saroeun is demanding $5,000 in compensation.

MARCH 1: Srun Thal, 21, was found dead on a plot of vacant land along Route

1 in Kday Takoy village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. A villager told police he had

seen from a distance two people take a suitcase from a car. They then burned the

case containing Thal's body. Police said he had been killed in Phnom Penh.

MARCH 1: Taing Li Tieng, 6, was freed in Wat Phnom precinct after her family

paid $30,000 to kidnappers at the Itharus mountain in Oudong district, Kampong Speu.

Police said the girl, the daughter of a motorbike spare parts shopowner, was kidnapped

some days earlier while walking to school in Tuol Tumpong precinct, Phnom Penh.

MARCH 2: Three suspected robbers were arrested after trying to steal a

motorbike at midnight in Sambour village, Dangkor district on the outskirts of Phnom

Penh. District Police Chief Sout Than said the three, Ros Chantha, 19, Choup Vanthan,

21, and Men Bo, 33, had blocked the victim's path and struck him with a rock.

MARCH 2: Seng Savuth, 23, was arrested for attempted murder committed during

a robbery three weeks ago in Por Rithykray village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police

said the victim, Nuon Sony, 18, told the court that Savuth, Khen Samnang and Neat

On cut his throat when they stole his motorbike. It was later sold for $160.

MARCH 2: Nheuk Poeu, 33, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being axed

and severely injured during a family quarrel while breast-feeding her 7-month-old

baby in Preuk village, Kampong Cham. Police said Poeu was chopped in the head by

her husband who was angry after she blamed him for taking a half-day off to drink


MARCH 2: Chhon Hoat, 51, was shot dead with an AK-47 while watching TV

with his family at 8:30pm in Trapaing Khlong village, Phnom Srouch district, Kampong

Speu. Police said the victim was rumored to be a sorcerer. They are searching for

the suspect.

MARCH 3: A 22-year-old man, Taing Ym, was knifed to death during a family

quarrel at 5:30pm in Ksach Laith village, Kra Kor district, Pursat province. Police

said Ym was chopped twice by his father, Routh Sen, 61, who was later arrested.

MARCH 3: Keo Panhary, 15, was kidnapped at 9pm in Pha Harl village, Thbeng

Meanchey district, Preah Vihear. Police said thieves stole her two damleung gold

necklace and then took her to a forest where they demanded a ransom of $20,000. She

was later freed after her grandmother reported her disappearance to the authorities.

MARCH 4: Nhoeung Ry, 33, was beaten to death during a money dispute at

4:30pm in Papial Khe village, Battambang province. Police said Ry, a moto-taxi driver,

was killed with a hammer after his two passengers gave him less than 100 baht. Sal

Lisan, 24, and his wife, Som Sokhon, 21, were later arrested after fleeing to Banteay

Meanchey province.

MARCH 4: San Rithea, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital after attempting

suicide at 1:30pm in Chhbar Ampoe 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Rithea was

jealous that his wife had been playing cards with other men. Doctors said he was

in a serious condition.

MARCH 4: Sen Vanno, 39, was shot dead during a midnight robbery in Thmar

Dekas village, Banteay Meanchey province. Vanno's wife, Thoeum Phal, 31, told police

that three gunmen entered the house and shot her husband in the neck when he tried

to resist them. The men stole 7,900 baht and one chi of her gold.

MARCH 5: A 42-year-old mute man, Lon Mab, died after he was beaten and

seriously injured the previous day after he stopped a motorbike to beg for money

in Ta Keo village, Dambe district, Kampong Cham. Police said Mab was struck on the

head with a stick by Pi Pouth, 30, who was angry when Mab hit him after he refused

him money. Pouth was later arrested.

MARCH 5: Y Pheap, 18, was sent to the provincial hospital at Chantaburi

in Thailand after he was seriously wounded at 9pm in O Praing village, Pailin city.

A newspaper said Pheap, the son of Pailin governor Y Chhien, was drunk and shot himself

in the chest.

MARCH 6: Pok Hak, 34, the editor of Samleng Khmer newspaper, and two friends,

died instantly in an accident on Russian Federation Blvd in Wat Neakavon precinct,

Phnom Penh. Police said their motorbike was struck by a car driven by a Nigerian

national, who was also seriously injured and later arrested.

MARCH 6: In Somarin, 15, was sent to the Chantrea Vuth Hospital after being

knifed and seriously injured at 9pm in Stung Meanchey village, Phnom Penh. Police

said Somarin was stabbed 11 times by Soam Vichetra, 18, after Somarin called him

a drunkard while he was arguing with friends in a wine shop. Vichetra was arrested.

MARCH 7: Nou Sovan, 35, and Long Dara, 24, died instantly and another person

was severely injured in an accident at 9:40pm on Pochentong Blvd in Khbal Damrey

village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the victims

were on a motorbike that hit an electrical pole after being driven too fast.

MARCH 7: Two men, Keo Sun Fong, 21, and Ngau Kilong, 23, were arrested

after attempting to steal a motorbike at 4:15pm in O'Russei 1 precinct, Phnom Penh.

Police said the robbers aimed a K-54 handgun at Yung Zack Song, 20, demanding Song's

bike. Ly Haing Hong, 45, a shoe seller, was shot in the thigh during an exchange

of fire between the men and the police.

MARCH 7: A 71-year-old man, Chak Chon, was shot dead in front of his house

in Prey Chong Rouk village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Chon was shot in the

chest with an AK-47 while drinking tea. They suspect it was a revenge attack as nothing

was stolen.

MARCH 7: A US national, James Arthur Webb, 53, was found dead in his bed

at 9:30am in his room at the Sada guesthouse in Boeung Pralit commune, Phnom Penh.

Police said Webb, an English teacher at the Banana Center, committed suicide, leaving

a note for his son in the US.

MARCH 8: Som Noeu, 48, a former village chief, was found floating in a

pond at 7:30am at a pagoda in Stung Meanchey village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh.

Police said Noeu probably fell in the pond and drowned while drunk.

MARCH 9: A Korean national, Zhe Hophan, was robbed at 9:30am while he and

three other employees were in a car on St. 286 in Tuol Svay Prey 2 precinct, Phnom

Penh. Hophan told police three people on a motorbike blocked the road and threatened

him with a handgun before stealing a bag containing $60,000 which he had drawn from

the bank. Hophan's accountant, Hang Lekena, and driver, Soam Soda, were later placed

under investigation.



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