APRIL 13: A 53-year-old woman, Oun Nget, was arrested for a murder she committed
two days earlier in Kraing Chras village, Kampong Speu province. Police said the
woman confessed that she and her son killed her husband because he sometimes hit
her when he was drunk. Buot Bun, 57, was tied up by his arms and legs then strangled
while asleep in the kitchen. Nget told police she decided to kill her husband because
he was a drunkard and no benefit to the family.
APRIL 13: Chhieu Sophat, 31, was found dead at 4:30 am in Spean Keng village,
Kampong Thom province. Police said Sophat, a taxi driver from Stung Thmar village,
Siem Reap province, was tied up by his arms with a nylon line and murdered elsewhere
before the body was dumped where it was found. Police suspect robbery was the motive
for the killing because his car was stolen.
APRIL 13: Seang Vansak, 21, died at a clinic after being knifed in a night-time
argument in Boeng Raing village, Battambang province. Police said Vansak was stabbed
in the waist after he argued with a group of 10 gangsters at a dance for the Khmer
New Year. Seang Vannak, 18, a brother of Vansak and his friend, Khlaut Narouth, 18,
were seriously injured during the attack.
APRIL 14: Hun Sophea, 18, was knifed and severely injured during an argument
in Khnach Krasaing village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Sophea was stabbed
four times by three people who escaped, but who were identified as Chhai Leang, Hean
Thy, and Doeun Voeun. The assailants were angry after Sophea tried to smear powder
on their faces during the Khmer New Year.
APRIL 15: A whole family with seven members were killed in a huge fire while
asleep at midnight in Monivong Boulevard in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh, across
the road from Calmette Hospital. Police said the victims were trapped inside their
locked house when the fire occurred from a candle lighted for blessing for the Khmer
New Year. Police said another house next door was burned down at the same time but
no one injured as the occupants escaped..
APRIL 15: Police arrested Chiem Khmao, 34, after he committed a murder in
Kraveak village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Khmao confessed he killed his
wife because she had extra-love with a neighbor man. Khmao struck his wife on the
head with a stick and cut her throat with a knife during a night-time argument. The
couple left four children for orphanage.
APRIL 16: An ambulance took Long Routhanak, 19, to Calmette Hospital for medical
treatment after he was knifed during a night-time argument on Sothearos Boulevard
in Chatomuk commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Routhanak was blocked of his motorbike
and stabbed once in the stomach by one of three gangsters who escaped in a car after
APRIL 16: Police arrested six people after they were suspected of committing
a murder in O'Trachak Chit village, Sihanoukville. Police said the assailants, Chea
Noeun, 21, Chea Nang, 27, Soeu Sotheara, 22, Phin Keat, 18, Sam Pros, 25, and Sim
Veasna, 21, probably killed a neighbor during a night-time dancing argument for the
Khmer New Year. Phan Nget, 18, was attacked with a knife and a stick while returning
home after the argument.
APRIL 17: Chantha Bouthang, 20, a monk, was arrested and later sent to the
provincial court after being accused of an attempted rape in Kanthy village, Battambang
province. Police said Bouthang abandoned monkhood one week earlier and attempted
to rape his 22-year-old girlfriend. She told police Bouthang persuaded her to a forest
to get shelter and attempted to rape her while they were walking on the way to visit
APRIL 17: Teuk Phoeun, 22, was arrested for a murder he committed three months
ago in Ampil Phaem village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Phoeun confessed he
killed a neighbor then escaped to Trapaing Kralang village where his parents live.
Hang Yoeun, 40, was killed with a knife and his head cut off instantly while drinking
palm wine with three neighbors.
APRIL 17: Puon Sarath, 44, a car driver for the Prek Khsav factory, was found
dead at a ricefield in Prek Chy village, Kandal province. Police said he was murdered
elsewhere and his body dropped there two days earlier. Sarath was axed three times
in the back of the head and slashed once on the temple. Police suspect robbery was
the motive as his motorbike had been stolen.
APRIL 18: Doung Saroeun, 38, died at Preah Kossamak hospital after she was
knifed during night-time family violence in Psar Depot 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police
said the woman was killed by her estranged husband, Try Bunthy, 40, a soldier, escaped
after committing the murder. Bunthy was angry and jealous as Saroeun left him three
days ago after an argument.
APRIL 18: The body of a Vietnamese, Hou Dang Thau, 69, was lifted up out of
the water for inspection after being found floating in a river in Krous village,
Kandal province. Police said he probably was murdered elsewhere and dumped in the
river because his body was tied up with a rock. His family told police Thau had a
family crisis and committed suicide because he was poor.
APRIL 19: Mar Sokhom, 45, and a son-in-law, Khieu Chan, 28, were arrested
for theft in Preyveng Lich village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the
men stole a cow from a neighbor, Touch Samnang, 36, and tried to sell the cow to
a slaughterer at Stung Meachey. The men confessed that so far they committed such
theft four times and sold each cow for around $60 to $75.
APRIL 19: Police arrested six people while trying to escape in a car after
committing a theft at 8:10 am at Prek Ambil market in Tray Treung village, Kandal
province. A gold vendor, Mao Chhaiheang, 58, told police one of them stole his money
bag and ran away on a motorbike when his five other accomplices asked him for the
price of jewelry. Police took back the bag of $2,680 from the thieves and handed
it back to the vendor.
APRIL 20: A fire fighter, Prum Mao, 41, committed suicide while trying to
stop a fire in Ralous village, Svay Chek district, Banteay Meanchey. Police said
Mao shot himself twice with an AK-47 and died instantly in his water truck. Police
said Mao, who was married with one daughter, had a mental problem probably because
he shouted for help after the fire stopped.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun