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Police Blotter: 21 September 2007

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SEPTEMBER 6: Mong Chantha, 23, was fatally gunned down during a nighttime

robbery while parking his motorbike and waiting for a friend buying a sandwich in

Russey village, Phnom Penh. His friend said Chantha was shot twice in the back and

the arm with an AK-47 after refusing to give a key and trying to fight off two robbers.

The robbers escaped on his bike.

SEPTEMBER 7: Police arrested Sor Roeum, 25, and Tes Touch, 25, who killed

Yim Sam Ol, 41, in Prey Kantout village, Pursat province. Police said the murder

happened after Sam Ol hinted that he had sex with Roeum's wife while they were drinking

wine the previous night. Sam Ol was beaten on the back of his head with a stick and

killed with a heavy knife while walking home after being drunk.

SEPTEMBER 9: Reth Nika, 24, a lieutenant colonel and also a deputy commander

of the municipal military police, was shot to death after wounding an interior ministry

colonel, Routh Channosody, 27, who died later at Calmette Hospital as he was shot

once in the chest. A witness said Nika was chased by a group of gunmen in a Pajero

while he was driving a Mercedes but when his car was caught in traffic on street

178, he ran into Saravorn pagoda where he was killed in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom

Penh. The witness said the attackers left the Pajero and shot Nika five times in

the head, right hand and legs then drove away. Police arrested two suspects identified

as Lai Pesith, 30, and Hor Sokheng, 27, who had been working at Prime Minister Hun

Sen's bodyguard unit. A rumor said love affairs was the reason for the shooting because

Channosody told his family before he died at the hospital that "I warned him

(Nika) many times to stop making love with my wife and do not interfere in my family."

The last rumor said Channosody, a son-in-law of the body guard of Kau Samuth, who

was the brother-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was not wounded and escaped and

is now hiding in a safe place.

SEPTEMBER 9: American, Daniel Jakob Thoreux Divison, 39, and his interpreter

Hul Sophoan, 42, were arrested after police found a package of drugs and a little

scale while sitting at 4am on Kampuchea Krom boulevard corner street 265 in Teuk

Laak 1 commune, Phnom Penh.

SEPTEMBER 9: A couple, gold vendors Chea Sambath, 40, and Nov Lath, 30, were

robbed while waiting for a front door to open on a motorbike at 6:20pm in Chan Kreusna

village, Prey Veng province. Sambath told police three robbers, who held a rifle

and a handgun, aimed at him and asked for a jewelry bag then escaped on his bike.

Sambath said the robbers shot twice into the air after stealing 25 damleung and seven

million riels in cash.

SEPTEMBER 10: Kim Hoeun, 77, was murdered at 10:10pm at his wooden house in

Kauk Romeat commune, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Hoeun was shot once in

the chest with an AK-47. Police suspected revenge attack was a reason for the killing

because villagers were not happy with him as he knows magic and sorcery.

SEPTEMBER 11: Seng Rasmey, 23, a gold vendor, was robbed at 5:10pm while he

was in a car parked in front of his house on Sothearous boulevard in Chey Chumnas

commune, Phnom Penh. Rasmey told police a man aimed a handgun at his wife and threatened

to kill her if she shouted for help while leaving the car and walking home. Rasmey

said three robbers escaped on a motorbike after grabbing from his wife two jewelry

baskets valued at $80,000.

SEPTEMBER 11: Police are looking for Yeung Arth, 27, who escaped after killing

his brother, Yeung Ork, 29, in Neang Teut commune, Kampong Cham province. Police

said Ork was chopped seven times with an ax and he died later of massive head injuries

at a provincial hospital. Police said Arth was angry after hearing that Ork raped

an 18-year-old sister.

SEPTEMBER 11: Two gunmen escaped after wounding Phan Sina, 28, and a 3-year-old

daughter in a robbery while sleeping at midnight in Chey Sena village, Kampot province.

Police quoted Sina's wife saying that the two robbers entered her house lifting a

wooden wall and shot her husband in the stomach with a handgun and the bullet ran

into the back of her daughter. They escaped after collecting a platinum ring and

two million riel in cash.

SEPTEMBER 13: Sar Prahim, 38, a Muslim widower, was sent to a hospital after

acid burned his face in Cheay Sambath village, Kampong Cham province. Police said

Prahim had acid water poured on his face while asleep at his house when he was drunk

the previous night. Police suspected love affair as the reason for the acid attack

because Prahim had left his wife and started a relationship with another woman.

SEPTEMBER 14: Kheav Lon, 47, a village chief, was shot dead during a nighttime

robbery in Tar Ong village, Kampong Cham province. A villager said a group of robbers

shot Lon three times with an AK-47 and wounded his son-in-law, Mam Sophy, 31, his

wife, Lon Sreychou, 23, who were taken to a provincial hospital for surgery. The

robbers escaped after collecting a gold necklace, a platinum necklace, three mobile

phones and $85 in cash.

SEPTEMBER 15: Mao Saran, 21, was arrested for a murder she committed two days

ago in Tar Phol village, Siem Reap province. Police said Saran killed Thy Kath, 36,

a motorbike taxi driver. Saran confessed that she killed Kath because he forced her

to have sex like in a pornographic film. Police said Kath was stabbed in the throat

and had his neck cut of with a knife while having sex with Saran at a guesthouse

where he was found dead.

SEPTEMBER 15: Pang Sak, 51, a military officer, was arrested for a murder

he committed in Sante Pheap village, Battambang province. Police said Sak escaped

to Malai district after killing Rous Ram, 24, during an argument a day earlier. Ram

was stabbed in the chest and died at the scene.

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