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Police Blotter: 20 June 2003


JUNE 6: Seng Aun, 37, was sent to Chamkar Chek Hospital after being knifed during a night-time drinking argument in Daung Preng village, Prey Nop district, Sihanoukville. His wife, Leang Mao, told police her husband was chopped four times in the head after he refused to carry on drinking with a neighbor. The attacker escaped to a nearby forest.

JUNE 6: Sam Saran, 46, was shot dead at 10:55 pm when he went to check on a barking dog in front of his house in Par Poul village, Svay Rieng province. His wife, Khoun Savorn, 43, told police that two unidentified men shot him five times with an AK-47 before escaping on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the motive as he had recently argued with a neighbor.

JUNE 6: Ith Ra, 37, a motodop driver, was murdered in a robbery at 10 am in Trapaing Antung village, Kampong Speu province. A witness told police that Ra was beaten with a stick by two passengers who stole his bike. The witness said he could not remember the robbers' faces, but that they had threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the murder.

JUNE 7: Yem Manet, 35, escaped after an attempted murder at 6:30 am in Thlak village, T'bong Khmum district, Kampong Cham. Police said the man fired five shots at his brother, Yem Manith, 30, after an argument over money. Manith was sent to the district hospital.

JUNE 7: Meas Sophea, 38, a taxi driver, was arrested after anti-drugs police found 185 methamphetamine pills in his car while he was driving from the Vietnamese border post at Bavet to Phnom Penh. Sophea told police that the pills belonged to two female Vietnamese passengers who had escaped. However the police suspect the drugs were Sophea's.

JUNE 8: Nhep Sophearin, 24, died at Calmette Hospital after being knifed at 10:30 pm in Psar Kandal 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said two unknown men stabbed Sophearin in the chest then escaped on a motorbike. It is thought the assailants were angry because the victim was interested in a girl they also wanted to know.

JUNE 8: Yu Doeun, 30, was beaten to death during a revenge attack at 8:30 pm in Koh Krabei village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said four people accosted Doeun and beat him with a stick on his way home after a night out drinking. Police arrested Ven Vin, 27, as they believe he was one of the attackers.

JUNE 8: Son San, 40, was knifed and seriously injured during a drunken argument at 11 am in Trapaing Snor village, Kampong Cham province. Police said San was invited for drinks then chopped three times by a group of five people. Police said it was likely a revenge attack because he had reportedly described their house as a pigpen when he was drunk. The assailants escaped, but police said one person had been identified.

JUNE 9: Min Chhieu, 43, a motodop driver, was sent to the Russian Hospital for treatment after being axed during a night-time robbery in O'Bek Kha'am village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police he was chopped four times by two passengers who then stole his motorbike.

JUNE 10: Police are looking for Nget Khmao, 36, after he was accused of committing murder in Ta Pinh village, T'bong Khmum district, Kampong Cham. Police said the man beat his 42-year-old brother, Nget Kop, several times on the head after Kop lost a bet in which he tried to turn tree leaves into money by magic. He died soon after the attack.

JUNE 10: Chun Sok, 40, was found dead at 9:30 pm in Khaek Pang village, Phnom Srouch district, Kampong Speu. Police said Sok was beaten to death with a stick after his neighbors accused him of stealing chickens.

JUNE 11: Sok Vannary, 15, a pupil at Bak Touk Secondary School, died instantly in an accident at 9:30 am on National Road 6A in Prek Leap village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said she was struck by a truck while she was crossing the road. The truck driver, Chan Bophal, was arrested.

JUNE 11: A four-months pregnant woman was raped while working at the Chup rubber factory in Kampong Cham province. The 24-year-old told police that Heng Mek, 22, a factory worker, raped her at knifepoint. She said he had threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the attack. Mek was later arrested.

JUNE 12: Khun Porng, 37, was found dead at 4 pm at his house in Chrey Bitmeas village, Kampong Cham province. His wife, Lor Hon, 34, told police her husband had committed suicide with insecticide while she was out of the house. It is thought Porng killed himself because he was ordered to pay for medical treatment after his dog bit a neighbor.

JUNE 12: Two people died and one person was severely injured after a hand grenade exploded at 10 pm in Prahal village, Pursat province. Police said the victims, Cheng Saroeun, 41, and his daughter, Roeun Theara, 8, died instantly after the grenade was thrown into their house in a suspected revenge attack.

- Translated from Khmer Newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap

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