August 9: Vary and her husband, Un Sophal, suspects in the murder of an
unidentified girl found on June 18 at Phnom Penh University, were arrested after
Som Sarith, 25, confessed he was also involved in the crime. Sarith, one of three
persons who had been arrested on Aug. 7 for trading women, told police that Vary
and Un Sophal had stabbed the victim after he had kidnapped her.
August 9: Yann Phat, 25, and a Vietnamese man named Seda, were arrested
after they shot and injured Aing Kimsan, 33. The two confessed they were paid $200
by a woman to shoot Kimsan.
August 10: Chab Choch, 28, was arrested by Chea Buntha, a police investigator
in Kandal province. Buntha said he arrested Choch after he entered the investigator's
house at 11pm. Buntha added that Chab Choch had escaped from prison after he was
sentenced to 13 years in jail for the rape of a girl on May 6, 1995.
August 10: Police arrested fifteen prostitutes who tried to call for customers
along a street in Tuol Kork red light area, but they were released within 48 hours.
Police said the women were making Cambodians blush so they would be educated not
to ply their trade on the street.
August 10: A moto taxi driver, Yim Chann Thol, 29, was found poisoned on
the street outside the railway station. Thol said he lost a moto which he rented
from his neighbor for 5,000 riel a day and this was the second time he had been robbed
of his moto.
August 11: Ly Thary, 33, hanged himself near his wife's grave. Toch Cheng,
Thary's father-in-law said two months ago Thary was seriously injured in a traffic
accident in which his wife died. He left a letter which said: "I love my wife,
I kill myself to follow her. Do not take my body away from my wife".
August 11: Uy Mina, 3, died after a cobra bit him while he played near
his house. His mother Sourn Sokha, 28, said she gave the boy medicine and took him
to a private clinic but he did not recover. The incident took place in Neak Leung,
Prey Veng province.
August 12: A gangster, Ouch Vichit, 21, was arrested by police from Toul
Sangke police post while he was beating a boy and demanding money from him. After
the arrest Vichit confessed that he used to beat a lot of school children for money
as they came out from school.
August 12: Dar Vannarith, 25, and three of his partners were arrested as
they threatened a school boy to get money. Police said the four confessed to raping
women and robbing school children.
August 12: Nuon Vanna, a 27 year old beggar, was knocked down and seriously
injured by a motorbike on National Road 6. He was taken to Calmette Hospital where
his wife said nurses chased him away because he did not have 30,000 riels for medicine.
Vanna was then taken to Kosomak hospital.
August 13: A Chinese man, Bun Gech, 45, an employee at the Tai Ming Hotel
was beaten all over the body and strangled with electrical wire by Chea Khim, 51.
Khim was arrested after he brought the victim to hospital where he later died.
August 14: Som Yan, 40, killed himself after discovering he was HIV positive.
The incident took place in the Metakarona hospital, Phnom Penh.
August 15: A TNT bomb was detonated by an unidentified vendor in Pochentong
market. The incident took place after a big quarrel between the vendors in the market
and the boss of nearby Century market. No people were hurt in the incident.
August 15: An identified boy around 10 years old was found dead in a channel
in Steng Chrow village, Kandal province. The head of the village, Choub Song, said
he often saw the corpses of boys during the rainy season.
August 16: An drug squad policeman, Suos Sokcheat, 24 , was shot in the
stomach by two civilians on a motorbike on a busy street near Laing Kar pagoda at
8.45 pm. A doctor said the victim will be OK.
- (Complied by Soly Vannpok and Chhun Phaveng from Khmer newspapers Koh Santapheap,
Raksmei Kampuchea and Chakraval)