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Police Blotter: 21 April, 2006

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APRIL 8: Hau Sakhan, 54, a primary school teacher, was fatally gunned down

and his nephew, Kong Samarth, 37, wounded when they were ambushed while returning

on Sakhan's motorbike from a wedding party at 9pm in Pean Sar village, Kampong Speu

province. Samarth said they fell off the bike when it ran into a rope stretched across

the road. Three waiting robbers shot Sakhan in the chest and Samarth in the thigh

with an AK-47 then stole the motorbike and escaped on it.

APRIL 8: Khem Ham, 22, was killed instantly after her husband, Soung Mao,

25, put his arms around her then pulled the pin of a hand grenade during a family

argument about 7pm in Mao village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said the woman

was blown up and her body destroyed Mao died later at a hospital.

APRIL 8: Hun Channa, 20, was arrested by police while trying to escape after

raping a 13-year-old girl at 7:35pm in Peam Chikang commune, Kampong Cham province.

Police said Channa watched the girl playing at O'Trakoun pagoda. The girl told police

when she walked away from playing to urinate, Channa hugged her from behind then

raped her.

APRIL 8: Kong Sokun, 20, was sent to a clinic for medical treatment after

he was chopped in the head with a heavy knife during a revenge attack at 10pm while

walking home from a dance in Damrey Poun village, Prey Veng province. Police said

Sokun died a day later from his injuries.

APRIL 9: Police arrested two of four people who committed a robbery at 7:30am

in Boeng Thom village, Kandal province. Police said Chan Sophal, 32, and Surn Vannak,

30, failed to escape after robbing Pring Moeun, 60. Police said their accomplices

were Thy, 38, and Sopheak, 42, who escaped with a gold ring and 50,000 riel in cash

belonged to Moeun.

APRIL 9: Police recovered the body of an unidentified woman found floating

with her arms bound in a stream in Trapaing Kak village, Kandal province. Police

said the woman, dressed in T-shirt and jeans, was murdered and her body dumped there

two days earlier. They suspected revenge because her five chi (19g) gold necklace,

a gold ring and gold earrings were not stolen.

APRIL 9: Chea Reath, 52, died on the way to a district hospital after she

poisoned herself with insecticide at 9:45am in Teuk Vil village, Prey Veng province.

Police said Reath was angry with a daughter for not helping her harvest dry season

rice.

APRIL 10: Lon Vuth, 27, died at a hospital after three people stabbed him

during a dancing argument at 10:10pm in Boeng village, Kampong Speu province. Police

arrested three suspects, Chan Nak, 20, San Touch, 21, and Sy Tha, 23. The assailants

stabbed Vuth twice in the chest and arm, then they stabbed Proeun Sophal, 23, twice

in the back. He is now in a hospital.

APRIL 10: Sun Chanthea, 19, was taken to a district hospital then later transferred

to a provincial hospital for treatment after her estranged husband, Nuon Hai, 56,

attempted to kill her at 10am in Pra Theath village, Kampong Cham province. Police

arrested Hai, who confessed that he chopped Chanthea twice in the head with a long

knife because he was drunk.

APRIL 11: El Yusos, 20, was found dead at 7am in a rice field in Sna Pich

village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said Yusos was murdered with a stick while

walking home from Khtum village where he went for a dance the previous night. Police

suspected revenge.

APRIL 11: Sun Hong, 25, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after

a cousin chopped him with a cleaver in a revenge attack at midnight in Khsach village,

Prey Veng province. Police said the cousin, Arth, escaped after chopping Hong three

times in the head and four times in the body and arms as they were walking home from

a dance where they had argued earlier in the evening.

APRIL 11: Police are looking for Chhoeun Kun, 24, who escaped after raping

a seven-year-old girl at 8am in Phnom Kuol village, Battambang province.

APRIL 12: Four people were injured after a hand grenade tossed into a group

of dancers exploded at 10pm in Ta Chan village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police

said the victims were Sao Hoeun, 42, Harch Vong, 12, and two unknown women. A bystander

told police the grenade was thrown into the dance after an argument had occurred

between two groups of gangsters earlier in the evening.

APRIL 12: Police shot and wounded Sauth Oeun, 34, with an AK-47 while he was

on a motorbike driven by a military officer, Mom Oussa, 29, who was also arrested

and beaten nearly to death after being accused of committing a nighttime robbery

in Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said the men tried to drive away even after

they were ordered to stop for questioning after a robbery in Kandal Steung district

in the early evening. Oeun told reporters that after the shooting and their arrest,

police demanded they each pay $1,000 to be freed. But when no money was paid, police

charged them.

APRIL 13: Sovan Thida, 23, a Karaoke singer, was sent to Calmette Hospital

for surgery after being shot in the stomach by two drunken policemen at midnight

at X2 restaurant where she worked in Boeng Raing commune, Phnom Penh. A bystander

told police the two men were angry because Thida refused to drink beer with them.

The bystander said they threatened Thida with a handgun and told her she must drink

10 cans of beer for them to spare her life. She failed; they shot her. Police arrested

the men and named them as Khurn Sothearout, 21, a policeman, and Nuon Virak, 28,

a military policeman.

APRIL 14: Doung Vipha, 34, the wife of Major General Doung Sokhon, 53, committed

suicide at 7:30pm at her house in Trapaing Tuol village, Kandal province. Sokhon,

deputy chief of the Khmer-Thai border headquarters, said Vipha shot herself in the

temple with a handgun after a little argument with a guard with whom she was angry

because he opened the front door late for her.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun

Pheap

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