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Police Blotter: 16 January 1998

Dec 28: Phin Phean, a Chinese restaurant dancing girl at the Holiday Hotel,

was killed and her body dropped near Chroy Changvar bridge by a Chinese doctor named

Lou Chea, who works at Mettapheap clinic, where he choked the victim's neck with

a hammock string. Another man called Chiyacho reported that he was knocked out by

Lou Chea and his accomplice, who robbed his $8,000 cash, a diamond ring and a Rado

watch when he took Phin Phean to sleep with him in the Lido Hotel. Lou Chea confessed

that he and his accomplice are doctors who attempted to kill Chiyacho and Phin Phean

to rob their money.

Dec 29: Lean, a Chinese national, was killed by her husband who escaped

from their rented home in Phnom Penh and attempted to marry a new wife and rent another

house, in Sangkat Touk Laok I, where the victim was shot dead. Voeung Than, the victim's

friend, said that she and her friend came to check on her husband about 4:30pm. Than

watched the back door to see if Lean's husband escaped that way. After Lean waited

too long at the front of the house, she went to the gate and looked through the hole,

but was shot by two bullets which came out the hole, according to Than. People living

nearby said that after the shooting they saw the man escape by the back door.

Dec 29: Neang Soky, 27, seven months pregnant, and her son Chum Ieng, 3,

were burned by kerosene after a kerosene lamp fell down into petrol tins. Her husband

was seriously injured at Preah Angtep village, Kampong Chhnang.

Jan 1: Som Seng, 59, was accused by police of killing his wife on Dec 29

after they had an argument in Preak Takauv village, Kandal province. Police said

the body was abducted by someone to hide the evidence.

Jan 2: Heng Kouy Lak, 76, a restaurant owner and two others were abducted

by three men near Toul Tom Pong pagoda. A source said when he and his friend came

to drink coffee, a bread bicycle crashed into him. Suddenly a car arrived and the

men were pushed into it and driven away. Police said a bread man is an accomplice.

Jan 3: Kim Run, 22, was wounded on his penis after his wife Noun Sim, 19

years old, tried to sever it after becoming enraged at his requests for sex . The

incident took place at Chum Tev village Kampong Chhnang province. Kim Run said that

his wife agreed to sleep with him only five or six times in their nine-month marriage.

He added that his wife had disappeared from home several times but he did not suspect

that his wife had a hidden boyfriend. But on Jan 3, when he asked her to sleep with

him at 10am, she agreed but she had hidden a blade to cut his penis when she touched

the penis and the penis was becoming enlarged.

Jan 3: Pen Tou, 22, a soldier, committed suicide by shooting himself after

he was disappointed with his wife who left him and he had a chronic illness. It took

place at Kampong Chhnang district, Kampong Chhnang province.

Jan 4: Heng Sour, 26, a soldier of Div 2, committed suicide in his com-mander's

house in Phnom Penh by shooting himself with an AK-47. One of his friends said that

the victim had been disappointed with his girlfriend who married another man two

days earlier.

Jan 5: Naung Ben, 55, was killed by unidentified men who struck him with

a hatchet to his head after he came back from a drinking place. The incident took

place in Sangkat Tonle Basac. Police are investigating.

Jan 7: Char Chamnan, 39, was killed after his car crashed into Tbal Tnal

roundabout near Monivong bridge. Police at the site said that Chamnan drove very

fast like a drunk man.

Jan 8: Chea Chhoeun, 28, a Khan Meanchay policeman, was gunned down by

unidentified robbers who shot two bullets at him at 9pm in front of Chroy Ampel pagoda.

An eyewitness said that the five robbers driving two motorcycles stopped in front

of the victim and shot him at that time. The robbers escaped with the victim's motorcycle,

a short gun and a watch.

Jan 9: Six houses and one truck were destroyed in a fire caused by a truck

at Kandal village Kandal province on Rt 5. A witness said that when the truck arrived

at the place, its fuel tank exploded and spread flames to the villagers' houses.

Om Saron, the truck driver assistant, was injured. Police said the truck was carrying

90 sacks of TNT and fuel cans. Police found one sack of TNT after the incident.

Jan 9: Sok Nhov, 18, committed suicide by hanging herself in the bathroom

of her aunt's house at North Prey Chreong village, Khan Dang Kau. Police said that

maybe she was disappointed with someone who did not care about her stomach ache.

- Summarized from newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.

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