3: A robber escaped after killing a motorbike taxi driver, Deap Phary,
24, at around 8 a.m. in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said the robber
hit Phary on the back of the head with a stick then fled on his bike.
JUNE 3: Police are looking for a man who committed a murder during a robbery
at midnight in Khcheay village, Kampot province. Police said Khan Sarom, 41, was
axed four times in the head while sleeping on a bed downstairs, as he had been drunk
earlier in the evening. Sarom's wife, Sin Man, 38, said that the thief went upstairs
and robbed her of one million riel after killing her husband.
JUNE 4: Mom Vouch, 37, was arrested after police found that he had committed
robberies and kidnappings from 1997 and 1999 in Kampot province. A confession from
Vouch a day after his arrest led police to arrest an accomplice, Chum Roang, 39,
and confiscate an AK-47. Police said Vouch and Roang were responsible for three kidnappings
in 1999 and committed robbery three times in 1997 and 1998.
JUNE 5: Police arrested three gunmen after a robbery at 8:50 a.m. on Preah
Meru park in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom Penh. One of the robbers, identified as
18-year-old Lurn Heang, tried unsuccessfully to escape after aiming a K-54 handgun
at a man sitting in the park and stealing his two mobile phones. Police confiscated
the phones from the thieves and handed them back to the victim.
JUNE 5: Police arrested Chea Saman, 32, and Hem Laing, 43, after 42-year-old
motodop Huon Saroeun shouted for help while being robbed at 9:15 p.m. in Damnak Thom
village, Phnom Penh. Saroeun said the men tried to chop him with a heavy knife and
an ax to kill him for his bike. Saroeun went to Chantrea clinic for treatment for
a wound on his arm.
JUNE 6: A woman, Pin Phal, 32, was sentenced to five years in prison after
being charged in a robbery in Psar Depot 3 commune, Phnom Penh. During the hearing
at Phnom Penh municipal court, Judge Kanhan Sovan said Phal was arrested on 27 December
last year after Sek Narin accused her of using a trick and stealing his motorbike.
Narin said Phal and her two adopted sons persuaded him to her guesthouse and gave
him sex while he was drunk. Narin said that while he was having sex, Phan's adopted
sons took off with Narin's motorbike.
JUNE 6: Poeu Samnang, 38, an activist from the Sam Rainsy Party, was knifed
to death while drinking alcohol with his neighbors at 8:10 p.m. in Samlor Chhao village,
Prey Veng province. A witness said Samnang was stabbed in the bladder with a bayonet
by Kim Yoy, 40, who is believed to be a supporter of the Cambodian People's Party.
The witness said the men argued over a political issue. Yoy tried to escape but was
JUNE 7: Police arrested two people who tried to rob a motodop driver at 4:45
a.m. in Trea village, Phnom Penh. Trey Chanthan, 26, told police that Huon Heng,
35, ordered him to stop to pick up Heng's accomplice, identified as Sarin, 33. Chanthan
said after he stopped the bike, Heng aimed a K-59 handgun at his head and pulled
the trigger once but the gun did not fire.
JUNE 7: A motorbike taxi driver, Lau Lai, 32, was found dead in Tar Ngen village,
Battambang province. Police said Lai had been stabbed in the chest and his throat
cut with a knife. Eng Soeun, 48, was arrested by police because she had been seen
with Lai before the murder on the previous day. Police are looking for two other
people that Soeun said had been involved with robbery and murder of Lai.
JUNE 7: A farmer, Chim Thouk, 50, was taken to a provincial hospital after
being poisoned with insecticide at 11:30 a.m. in Teuk Haut village, Kampong Chhnang
province. His wife said Thouk tried to commit suicide after arguing with her. She
said Thouk was angry because she had bought 200 riel worth of soya milk for herself
but didn't buy any for him.
JUNE 8: A motorbike taxi driver, Mauk Sam Ang, 34, was taken to a provincial
hospital after being found unconscious at 9:30 p.m. in Kauk Meanchey village, Kampong
Speu province. A doctor said Sam Ang had been drugged after smoking two cigarettes
given to him by two passengers who stole his bike. Sam Ang said they were identified
as Doeun and Vy.
JUNE 8: Police killed Var Toeu, 20, and arrested his two accomplices after
an exchange of gunfire during a robbery at 2:45 p.m. in Wat Phnom commune, Phnom
Penh. Police said Toeu was gunned down while he and his accomplices, Phana, 19, and
a 19-year-old girl were trying to escaped on a stolen motorbike. Police took a motorbike
taxi driver accidentally shot and severely wounded during the shootout to Calmette
JUNE 8: Eam Samol, 33, a motorbike taxi driver, was found dead in a cart in
the early morning in Prey Nhoeut village, Kandal province. Police said Samol was
killed elsewhere and his body was moved. Police suspected robbery was the motive
of the murder because his family said that Samol's motorbike was stolen.
JUNE 9: A 21-year-old garment factory worker complained to police after she
was raped the previous day at her guesthouse in Prey Tear village, Phnom Penh. The
woman said that Touch Sophon, 21, raped her after leaving her bathroom at the guesthouse.
Police later arrested Sophon but he denied the rape, saying that the woman agreed
to have sex with him, but then claimed she was being raped when her brother arrived.
JUNE 9: Police came to inspect the body of a motorbike taxi driver, Van Chhay,
36, after he was murdered during a robbsery the previous night in Sre Siem village,
Kampong Cham province. The village chief told police that Chhay was struck with a
rock in the face and on the back of the head while carrying his passenger, who escaped
on Chhay's bike.
JUNE 9: Police are looking for Prum Lai, 52, who escaped after killing his
wife during a domestic dispute at 10:30 p.m. in Anlong Pi village, Siem Reap province.
Police said Lai was angry after his wife, Sim Chan, 31, accused him of stealing 500
riel. Lai killed Chan with a heavy knife and he later cut her head off.
JUNE 9: Hean Tha, 21, was found dead at 6 p.m. at a house in Tonle Bassac
commune, Phnom Penh. Hun Sothy, the inspector of Chamcar Mon District, said Tha had
his arms and legs tied up and that he had been electrocuted. Sothy suspected the
murder involved Mat Vanna, 47, a son of Mat Ly, a member of the National Assembly
from the Cambodian People's Party who died recently from illness. A witness told
police that Vanna had fired his gun in the air when Tha was present to demand ownership
of the villa after his father died.
JUNE 10: Srun Sreang, 25, was sentenced to life in prison after a provincial
court charged him with committing murder in Banky Taing Ren village, Kampong Thom
province. At the hearing, the court said Sreang killed an 8-year-old girl, An Sreyleak,
to silence her after he raped her in December last year.
JUNE 10: Seng Chanpisey, 29, a village security guard, accidentally shot himself
while beating one of two robbers he apprehended at Tuol Pongra village, Banteay Meanchey
province. Rom Saran, 27, a motorbike taxi driver, said he saw Chanpisey try to hit
the thief on the head with a rifle while holding the barrel, but the gun discharged,
shooting Chanpisey in the stomach.
JUNE 11: Sam Hoeung, 36, was robbed while sleeping at his house in Raung village,
Prey Veng province. Hoeung told police that six people broke down his door with an
ax. The intruders threatened him and demanded money and jewelry. Hoeung said the
robbers escaped on foot after collecting a 5-chi gold necklace, a 2-chi gold ring,
platinum earrings and 100,000 riel in cassh.
JUNE 12: Tak Menghong, 18, ran away after killing his father at 2:45 p.m.
in Chrey Vean village, Kampong Cham province. San Sokhey, 41, a mother of Menghong,
told police that her son became angry when he was punched in the face as he tried
to stop his father beating his mother. Police said Tak Chantha, 47, was axed several
times in the head and the face and died instantly.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun