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Police Blotter: 20 October 2006

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

Pheap

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