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Police Blotter: 2 December 2005

NOVEMBER 19: Nem Touch, 25, was arrested in Sam Rong village, Oddar

Meanchey province, while driving a tourist van he had stolen after killing its

driver the previous week. Police said Touch killed tourist driver Bouy Tri, 45,

and stole his 12-seater van during a robbery in Kampong Kor village, Kampong

Thom province. Touch hit Tri on the neck then strangled him and dumped his body

down a well.

NOVEMBER 20: Police arrested a widow, Sin Lay, 42,

after she killed her two-year-old daughter at 6:40 pm in Kauk village, Takeo

province. Police said Lay cut her daughter's neck while she slept in a hammock.

Lay told police she killed the daughter when a spirit possessed her while she

was drunk. Lay's eight surviving children are now in an

orphanage.

NOVEMBER 20: A single woman, Sam Kong, 39, was sent to

a provincial hospital for medical treatment after being axed while going

downstairs at night in Boeng Nai village, Kampong Cham province. A neighbor, Keo

Rin, 50, told police an unknown man chopped Kong three times in the head then

ran away. Police knew of no motive.

NOVEMBER 20: A military police

official, Em Challamony, 31, was sent to Calmette Hospital after five people

attacked him at 1:15 pm in Trapaing Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. Challamony told

police the assailants grabbed his handgun from him and hit him on the head with

its butt while he was trying to stop them arguing with another group.

NOVEMBER 21: Heng Sovan, 25, was found hanging at noon from the

roof of his kitchen in Prek Toal village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. His

family told police Sovan hanged himself with a rope because he had a mental

problem.

NOVEMBER 21: Police arrested four people for the murder

three days earlier of King Bunleng, 40, in Prek Tauch village, Kampong Cham

province. Police said the four, Yoeung Thoeun, 41, Han Hong, 31, Soeung

Bunseang, 33, and Mang Chhurn, 29, axed Bunleng to death as he drove on a

motorbike to a shop where he and his four killers were intending to drink palm

wine. Police said the four killed Bunleng because he had allocated dog meat

unfairly.

NOVEMBER 21: Nait Sokhon, 45, was arrested after

attacking Chey Daing, 57, with a heavy knife while catching fish in a paddy

field at 7:30 am in Boeng Snor village, Battambang province. Daing died in a

hospital from grave head and face injuries. Police said they could not question

Sokhon about his motive because he had long had a mental

problem.

NOVEMBER 22: The chief of the Koh Kong provincial prison,

Samol Thearith, 45, killed one man and arrested three accomplices while the four

were trying to rob him at midnight in Smach Meanchey village, Koh Kong province.

Thearith said San Sakol, 19, was shot in the stomach and later died at a

hospital. Thearith said he telephoned police, who came promptly while the

thieves were still entering his house.

NOVEMBER 22: Robbers shot

dead butcher's wife Seng Muy, 54, with an AK-47 while she was watching TV at

7:30 pm in O'Slart village, Kandal province. Kim Yan, 60, told police that a

group of seven masked robbers entered the house, shot both his wife and his

daughter in the head, then stole two motorbikes, jewelry and two million riel in

cash. Yan said his daughter, Kim Chhengny, 18, was sent to Calmette Hospital for

surgery.

NOVEMBER 22: Surn Sim, 22, was sent to Chantreavuth

clinic after being knifed during an affray at 7:30 pm at a karaoke shop in Prey

Kuy village, Kandal province. Police said Sim was stabbed twice in the chest

while he and his two friends were arguing with the shop's owner. Police said

violence followed when the three refused to pay for their food and beer.

NOVEMBER 23: A Deputy Director of Electricité du Cambodge, Kim

Daravuth, 44, was shot and severely wounded at 12:10 pm while he sat in a parked

car waiting for his children to leave Chatomuk school. A witness told police an

unknown man shot Daravuth in the neck with a K-59 handgun then escaped on a

motorcycle. Police suspect revenge, because the gunman fled empty-handed.

Daravuth was sent to Calmette Hospital but was later transferred to a hospital

in Thailand.

NOVEMBER 23: Police arrested Khan Sopheak, 31, as he

tried to escape on a stolen motorbike after he murdered a motorbike taxi driver

for his bike at 7:35 pm in Kbal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police

said Sopheak killed Rong Soknao, 22, with an ax, then stole his

bike.

NOVEMBER 24: Pok Mao, 21, was arrested for murdering an

angry woman three days earlier in Cham Bak village, Kampong Cham province. Mao

confessed that he killed Hen Savoeun, 34, to shut her up because she was

screaming that she would tell her husband after Mao teased her as they collected

rubber in a plantation.

NOVEMBER 24: A 20-year-old unidentified

motorbike taxi driver was murdered during a robbery at 6:30 pm in Trapaing Chrey

village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. A passer-by told police the man was

chopped three times in the head with an ax by his two passengers, who stole his

bike. Police said the motorbike driver wore black trousers and a white

shirt.

NOVEMBER 26: Police shot dead a suspected robber, So

Phalla, 30, with an AK-47 while he was holed up in a house at 4 pm in Trapaing

Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. Police said Phalla had threatened to set fire to

neighboring houses after his accomplice, Mean Sovan, 24, was arrested and

accused of a robbery the previous night.

NOVEMBER 26: Four gunmen

escaped after killing Eang Reath, 44, and stealing his money at 10:30 pm in Sre

Riech village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said the robbers, who wore

military uniforms, shot Reath in the temple, the shoulder, and twice in the

chest with an AK-47. Reath's wife told police one of the robbers was chopped

three times in the head as her husband struggled with him.

NOVEMBER

27: Chhum Savuth, 42, was sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after

shooting himself with an arrow while he hunted rats in a rice field at 4:20 am

in Chauk Chey commune, Kampong Cham province. Police said Savuth was hitting a

rat with the bottom of a spring-loaded quiver when the arrowhead discharged into

his chest.

NOVEMBER 27: Nhep Sophy, 24, died from head injuries he

suffered during blasting in a quarry where he worked in Laang village, Kampot

province. Sam Sarith, 25, who worked at the site, said Sophy was struck on the

head with a piece of rock in the explosion, and died on the way to

hospital.

NOVEMBER 27: Police are looking for Phop Phan, 39, who escaped

after killing his sister, Phop Oeup, 36, at 5:10 pm in Chrouy Mateas village,

Battambang province. Police said Phan was angry and struck his sister three

times on the head with a bamboo stick when she refused to sell a

cow.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei

Kampuchea by Aun Pheap

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