OCTOBER 6: Thon Than, 45, was arrested after injuring Chan Sreang, 30, during
a funeral ceremony at a neighbor's house in Prasoeu village, Kampong Cham province.
Police said Than chopped Sreang twice in the thigh with an ax when they were drunk
with alcohol given by the ceremony's host. A witness told police Sreang believed
he had magic that would prevent him being hurt and invited Than to chop him.
OCTOBER 7: Ork Chou, 45, and Nhem Yim, 55, were arrested for murder in Kampong
Chamlang village, Battambang province. Police said the two and four others escaped
after killing In Moun, 38, and his brother, In Vao, 36, in an argument during a drinking
session the previous day. A witness said the argument began after Moun and Vao accused
their assailants of stealing their chicken.
OCTOBER 8: A crowd killed Khun Yeat, 24, after police arrested him for a robbery
three days earlier in Ron Tas village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the crowd
blocked the police motorbike Yeat was on, dragged him away from his police escort
then beat him to death while he was being driven to the police station. Police said
the crowd then tried to kill Yeat's accomplice, who had also been arrested, but the
crowd dispersed after police shot ten times into the air.
OCTOBER 8: The body of a motorbike taxi driver, Meas Putthoeun, 26, was found
in a forest six days after he went missing in Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville.
Police said Putthoeun was stabbed five times in the back and twice in the stomach
with a knife. His motorbike was stolen.
OCTOBER 9: Mech Kong, 68, was arrested for a murder the previous day in Kralor
village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Kong knifed Kan Mol, 60, to death while
Mol was looking after cows in a ricefield. Kong confessed that he killed Mol because
he recently attempted to chop Kong with an ax during an argument when Kong told Mol
to stop walking on his dike with his cows.
OCTOBER 10: Police arrested three teenagers trying to escape on a motorbike
after snatching a platinum necklace from a woman at 2:30am in Boeng Keng Kang 2 commune,
Phnom Penh. Police named the three as Sok Chanthy, 18, Bun Sopheap, 18, and Neat
Borey, 17. Police confiscated the necklace from the pickpockets and returned it to
the woman, but she said a diamond pendant valued $2,000 was also stolen.
OCTOBER 10: Police stopped a van in Chruoy Changvar village Phnom Penh, and
arrested five people and confiscated a stolen motorbike. Police named the five as
Long Kiman, 22, Pheung Vandet, 21, Prom Sothearith, 20, Nao Kailano, 20, and Pa Phoungroutha,
20. Police said they had robbed a student of the bike in front of Boeng Trabek high
school, put the stolen motorbike in the van and fled the city.
OCTOBER 10: Police arrested Minh Boran, 40, for questioning after a 17-year-old
girl accused him of attempting to rape her at 11:35am in Prek Tapring village, Kandal
province. She said Boran beat her, injuring her severely, when he tried to rape her
while she was bicycling home from school. Police sent Boran to the provincial court.
OCTOBER 11: A 20-year-old man, Khim, died at Preah Kossamak hospital in Phnom
Penh after he attempted suicide in the morning in Tomlorp village, Kampong Speu province.
Se Da, 21, said her husband poisoned himself by drinking two packets of insecticide
after they had a jealous argument.
OCTOBER 11: Presiding judge Chhai Kong in Phnom Penh court jailed five teenagers
to a total of 20 years in jail after finding them guilty of stealing 32 meters of
electric wire from Sok Bun's house in Steung Meanchey commune, Phnom Penh, on January
20. Kong sentenced Meas Nop, 19, to five years, Teng Sopha, 17, Ya Lim, 17, and Bun
Chansombo, 17, to four years each, and Routh Khemrith, 16, to three years.
OCTOBER 11: Thak Veasna, 24, was shot dead at midnight while driving home
on a motorbike with his girlfriend from a karaoke parlor where he argued with some
people in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. His girlfriend told police one of two
unknown men shot Veasna twice in the head and the chest with a K-59 handgun then
escaped on a motorbike.
OCTOBER 12: Two female robbers escaped after stealing 20 damleung (75 grams)
of gold from a jewelry vendor, Cheam Channa, 24, while she was preparing to open
her shop at 6:45am at a market in Kampong Thom province. Channa said the women came
to her shop and asked to buy gold from her but while she was negotiating the price,
one of them picked up her bag and ran away.
OCTOBER 12: Police arrested Yin Savin, 20, and charged him with raping an
11-year-old girl in the afternoon in Prey Svay village, Battambang province. The
girl said Savin grabbed her from behind and threw her down on a dike then raped her
while she was collecting the vegetable trakoun in a ricefield.
OCTOBER 14: Four gunmen escaped after robbing an elderly woman, Mao Ym, 70,
while she was watching television in the evening in O'Russey 2 commune, Phnom Penh.
Ym told police two of the four entered her house and aimed a handgun at her then
took $2,450, before fleeing with their two other accomplices who waited on two motorbikes
parked in the street.
OCTOBER 14: Hin Chanthorn, 40, was sent to a provincial hospital after his
wife, Thoiy Sok stabbed him during an argument at his mother's funeral in Tuol Kdol
village, Kampong Cham province. A witness said Sok stabbed Chanthorn four times in
the chest, stomach and thigh, then escaped to a nearby forest.
OCTOBER 14: A motorbike taxi driver, Lim Pov, 42, died in a hospital he was
taken to after he suffered a head injury during a robbery at 7:30pm in Dey Krahorm
village, Pailin municipality. A passenger told police two robbers blocked Pov's path
and chopped him four times in the head with a hatchet then escaped on his bike.
OCTOBER 15: An Chhout, 24, was arrested by police after killing his drunken
father, In An, 52, at 6:10pm in Sela village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said
Chhout chopped his father to death with a heavy knife as he was drunk and created
problems. Police said Chhout was angry because An called him repeatedly to dinner.
OCTOBER 15: A 63-year-old man, Thean Lai, was found dead in a forest at 10am
in Chrey village, Kampot province. Police said Lai, a motorbike taxi driver, was
murdered the previous night because the back of his head had been severely injured.
Police said Lai's bike was stolen.
OCTOBER 16: A policeman, Nuot Chetra, 41, escaped on a motorbike after shooting
dead a goldsmith, Hang Ben, 23, at midnight in Psar Chas commune, Phnom Penh. A witness
said Chetra, deputy chief of Psar Chas police station, punched Ben in the face and
shot him in the neck with a K-59 handgun after Ben refused to leave the place where
he was sitting drunk.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun