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Police blotter: 21 august 1998

Police blotter: 21 august 1998


August 6: Sao Hy, 69, was killed and 15 other people

were seriously injured when Hor Ron, 37, threw two hand grenades at two

different locations in Prek Sdei commune, Koh Thom district, Kandal. A source

at the spot said Ron was drunk when he threw the grenades but the commune

chief, Mei Taing Ny, said Ron had a conflict with other people over his

land. The suspect escaped after the incident.

August 6: A motor taxi driver, Lach Dara, 30, committed suicide by shooting

himself with an AK-47 in Kilometer #6 precinct, Russei Keo district. The

victim's mother said Dara was angry when she blamed him for losing his motorbike.

August 7: A robber, Lon Pech, 31, was shot dead in Damnak Ampil commune,

Angsnol district, Kandal. The victim, Chheang Sok Kim, 16, said that Pech

pointed a knife at her throat in her house and demanded that she give him

money. Then, her mother, who was also in the house, heard this and she escaped

to report to the police. The police surrounded the house and Kim tricked

Pech by telling him to go upstairs to escape arrest but he was shot there.

August 7: Kang Vannak was shot dead with an AK-47 while Chiev Koch was chopped

on his neck and seriously injured in Sambo commune, Samrong Tong district,

Kampong Speu. A local newspaper reported that the two victims had quarrelled

with each other over their favorite political parties while they were drinking


August 8: A military policeman, Em Loy, 30, is in critical condition after

he was shot in his forehead with a K-54 handgun by his colleague, Chhum

Pech, 37, in Dangkor district after they had quarrelled with each other

over the money they had received from a truck which passed by their check-point.

Pech was arrested immediately after the incident.

August 8: Chea San, 18, shot herself with an AK-47 in Chhrey Vieng commune,

Prey Chhor district, Kampong Cham because she was angry with her husband,

Roeun Phally, 23. The aunt of the victim said Phally told his wife that

he would go to Phnom Penh with his friends, but she told him not to go.

Then, he went to sit at his neighbor's house. The victim thought that he

had already gone to Phnom Penh and shot herself in the chest with her husband's

weapon. The husband, after he learned that his wife was seriously injured,

cried until he was unconscious. Officials at theprovincial hospital said

the victim is in good condition after an emergency operation.

August 10: A motor taxi driver whose name is unknown was killed when a robber

chopped him six times on his head with an axe and stole his motorbike in

Tieng commune, Kandal Stung district, Kandal. A farmer who was ploughing

his rice field near the place of the incident said he heard the noise of

chopping. Then he tried to help the victim but it was too late because he

was seriously injured. The robber escaped.

August 10: The neck of Hien Prok, 42, was chopped and cut by his wife, Phai

Ngorn Sreng and he died instantly in Moha Khgnoun commune, Koh Sotin district,

Kampong Cham after the couple had quarrelled. Ngorn Sreng was arrested after

the incident.

August 11: A cow dealer, Kourn Thieng, 47, died after he was chopped four

times with an axe by two robbers who stole his motorbike in Kak commune,

Ponhea Krek district, Kampong Cham province. The robbers escaped after the


August 11: Meas Khon was shot dead with an AK-47 by an unidentified man

in O' commune, Phnom Srouch district, Kampong Speu. Police said he was shot

because other people believed that he could use black magic to make them


August 11: Kong Ratana, 18, a student at Samdach Euv High School was found

dead in Mittapheap district, Sihanouk-ville. An inspection of the body found

that he was chopped on his neck. The victim's father, Kong Sambath, said

Ratana's motorbike was stolen in the incident.

August 13: A body of an unidentified girl was found in a sewage drain in

Chbar Ampov 1 precinct, Meanchey district of the capital. An inspection

of the body found that the victim was strangled to death, then dumped in

the sewer.

-Summarized from Khmer newspapers Rasmei Kampuchea and Koh Santepheap by

Pok Sokundara.


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