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Police Blotter: 16 June 2006

Police Blotter: 16 June 2006

JUNE 2: Police arrested four of ten gangsters when they attempted to rape

a teacher and schoolgirls at 2:30pm at Samrong Andet secondary school in Thmey commune,

on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police named the arrested men as Chhun Samoeun, 23,

Mey Sopheak, 23, Phurn Socheat, 23, and Kang Vanna, 21. Sarom Sothy, deputy director

of the school, said the gangsters entered a class bare-chested then attempted to

rape a teacher and some students.

JUNE 2: Phal Lea, 24, was arrested by a crowd who later handed him to police

after he was beaten nearly to death when he and three accomplices attempted a robbery

at 10:15pm in Boeng Salang commune, Phnom Penh. People told police one of the robbers

threatened to kill UNESCO worker Soeng Pisith, 32, and his wife, Rith Theavy, 25,

with a plastic handgun and tried to escape after stealing their two platinum necklaces

while they were riding home on a motorbike.

JUNE 3: Keo Pheap, 39, escaped after killing his mother-in-law, Pan Lean,

72, at 2:20pm in Kandal village, Battambang province. Chhim Kimhong, police inspector

of Kom Reang district, said Pheap axed Lean three times in the head and the back

when she intervened to stop him chopping his wife.

JUNE 4: A 68-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for treatment after being

raped and losing consciousness at a neighbor's house in Khlar Ngoap village, Banteay

Meanchey province. The woman told police she was raped after drinking many glasses

of wine given by Mao Saran, 48, who took her into his house then raped her. Saran

escaped.

JUNE 7: Kim Chhun Y,41, was fatally gunned down while buying vegetables outside

Boeng Kak market in Kampong Cham province. A bystander said Chhun Y was shot in the

head with a handgun by a man who escaped empty-handed on a motorbike driven by his

accomplice. Police suspected revenge because Kim Chanda, 20, said his father recently

had a court case over a property dispute with his brother-in-law, Vurn.

JUNE 6: A provincial court sentenced Chan Primprey, 18, to 15 years in prison

for the rape of a four-year-old girl in Boeng Botkandal village, Pursat province.

Presiding judge Pen Sarath said at the hearing that Primprey was arrested on December

31, 2005, one day after the rape. Sarath ordered Primpey to pay four million riel

to the girl in damages.

JUNE 7: Mao Sothea, 24, a restaurant security guard, was shot twice by a drunken

man when he told him to stop urinating in the restaurant garden. Sothea was taken

from the New World restaurant to Preah Kettomealea hospital after being shot at 1:30pm

in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. A bystander told police Sothea was shot twice,

in the shoulder and the thigh, with a handgun by a drunken man who was angry that

Sothea stopped him urinating in the garden, across from Phnom Le Phnom karaoke shop

where he had been drinking wine with associates. The offender escaped in his car.

JUNE 7: Police arrested a fortuneteller, Houy Chanthy, 40, who was accused

of cheating a couple out of a diamond valued at $20,000 two years ago in Takhmau

village, Kandal province. Police said Chanthy cheated the couple, Seang Naren and

So Sokhom, when they handed it to her and asked her to perform some magic on it to

bring good luck for their business. Chanthy substituted a fake diamond.

JUNE 8: Khy Dean, 43, was sentenced to 19 years in a provincial prison after

being convicted for a murder a year ago in Ta Chor village, Kampong Thom province.

Judge Khlaut Pich said Dean was arrested after he killed Vaing Dai on August 3, 2005.

The judge said Dai was chopped three times and his head cut off with a knife while

he slept in a hammock beneath his house. Dean told the court he had chopped Dai because

he thought he was a ghost while he was hunting a snake near his house.

JUNE 9: A Briton, Neil David Shaw, 36, died on the way to Chamkar Chek hospital

in Sihanoukville after he was found naked and unconsciousness around 8pm at a guesthouse.

Police, who are continuing their investigation, said their preliminary assessment

was that Shaw died of a heart attack. The corpse was later sent by the British Embassy

to Phnom Penh for examination.

JUNE 11: A four months pregnant woman, Yong Ron, 21, was taken to a provincial

hospital after her boyfriend, Hoeun Sreang, 20, sliced open her stomach in an attempt

to take out her baby for kaun krak magic at midnight in Achar Leak village, Kampong

Thom province. Sreang escaped but was arrested when he entered the hospital and made

another attempt. Ron said Sreang had asked her for the baby three times but she had

refused.

JUNE 11: Yim Yean, 42, a security guard at a branch office of Cambo Six, committed

suicide at 7:30pm in Kandal village, Phnom Penh. Police said Yean drank a can of

beer then entered the company and shot himself in the right ear with a K-54 handgun.

The police said he killed himself because he had a family problem, but another security

guard said Yean killed himself because he had lost money in the World Cup football

tournament.

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

Pheap

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