SEPTEMBER 10: Sai Loch, 29, was arrested for robbery but his accomplice
escaped after they stole a motorbike at 11:30 a.m. in Trapaing Keap village,
Takeo province. Police said the pair robbed a motorbike taxi driver, Hean Phat,
29. Phat was knocked down as he tried to resist, and one of the thieves split
open his testicle with a rock before shooting him in the waist, police said.
Phat survived the attack.
SEPTEMBER 10: Police detained Kong
Sarin, 28, for questioning after he was accused of rape in Chraing Khpous
village, Battambang province. Police said that Sarin raped a 5-year-old girl
while she was sleeping at her house. Her mother, Chan Dem, 31, told police that
she left her daughter to stay alone and Sarin raped her while the mother watched
television at a neighbor's house.
SEPTEMBER 10: Ti Bunthan, 36,
was robbed of his motorbike at 4 p.m. while driving home with his wife from the
garment factory where they worked in Thoamak Tray village, Dangkor district,
Phnom Penh. Bunthan said that four robbers on two motorbikes blocked his path
and threatened to kill him with a handgun if he tried to shout for help. The
robbers escaped on his bike.
SEPTEMBER 11: Pum Thal, 31, died at a
provincial hospital after being axed during an argument at 10 p.m. at a karaoke
shop in Sam Pi village, Kampong Cham province. Police said that Thal was struck
twice in the head and the face while arguing with Phon Phoan, 21, who escaped
after the assault.
SEPTEMBER 11: A group of five gunmen escaped
after robbing a villager at midnight in Ponley village, Prey Veng province. Thun
Nan, 77, reported to police that the robbers entered his house and threaten to
kill his whole family with an AK-47 if he shouted for help. Nan said that they
collected a gold necklace, a pair of gold earrings, a television, a tape player
and 200,000 riel in cash. Nan said the robbers were also hungry and took his dog
to eat with wine.
SEPTEMBER 12: Police arrested three people for
stealing a mobile telephone from a student, Chhim Sarom Kirirouth, 16, in Boeng
Keng Kang 2 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the suspects were Phon Vongrathana,
16, Eng Sotheara, 15, and Neang Rabo, 17. Kirirouth said that they threatened to
kill him with a knife if he tried to resist. Police said the robbers often watch
customers at mobile phone shops as they purchase special ring tones. Police
appealed to people with expensive phones to take care, as they have recently
received many complaints that some shops may be complicit in the
SEPTEMBER 12: Seven people died and two others were
seriously injured at 10:45 p.m. while sitting and standing on the footpath of
Monivong Boulevard in Psar Doeum Thkao commune, Phnom Penh. Police said that a
Camry car struck the people then crashed into another Toyota car parked on the
path. A witness said the car was being driven by a drunk man, Chhurn Kunthy, 31,
who is a military police officer from Takeo province. Kunthy was beaten nearly
to death before police arrived and arrested him. Another person in the car fled.
The witness said that Kunthy drove fast and tried to hit a motorcyclist from
behind after the motorcyclist overtook his car.
SEPTEMBER 13: A
24-year-old man was arrested after allegedly committing a rape two days earlier
in Kraing Kor village, Takeo province. Police said the man raped a 37-year-old
married woman, then tried to escape. The woman said the man pointed a knife at
her neck and raped her when she was walking home from playing cards at a
neighbor's house. She demanded six million riel in
SEPTEMBER 13: Police came to inspect the body of a
22-year-old woman, Him Vanna, found hanging at noon at a guest house in Tuol
Sangke village, Phnom Penh. Police said that Vanna, a garment worker from Prey
Veng province, committed suicide because of a love crisis. A sister said that
Vanna probably had no hope in her life as her boyfriend left her for another
SEPTEMBER 14: A Vietnamese national, Vin Teang, 37, was
sent to a hospital for medical treatment after being knifed during an argument
at 7:20 p.m. in Boeng Trabek commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said that Teang was
chopped three times with a heavy knife by a neighbor, Chin Aye Loeuy, 33, who
was arrested. The witness said Loeuy was angry because Teang tried to woo his
SEPTEMBER 14: Bou Han, 38, a worker at Caltex station, was
sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after being shot in the chest and the
thigh with a K-54 handgun at 2:15 a.m. on Norodom Boulevard in Tonle Bassac
commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said that Han tried to stop two people on a
motorcycle after another three accomplices stole half a dozen bottles of water
from the station and drove away. The gunmen also shot another worker, Nhep
Sarat, 41, in the thigh during the attack.
SEPTEMBER 14: A
motorbike taxi driver, Ngurn Sisamoeun, 26, was robbed at 1:30 p.m. as he
collected money from his three passengers in O'Russey 4 commune, Phnom Penh.
Sisamoeun told police that the robbers pretended to be passengers but then aimed
a gun at him, then escaped on his bike.
SEPTEMBER 15: Hong Sim,
51, was knifed and severely injured during an argument at 9 a.m. in Rokar Khnol
village, Kampong Cham province. Police said that Sim was struck seven times with
a heavy knife by her brother-in-law, Khun, who later chopped her daughter, Chan
Heng, 25, twice in the temple and the arm when she came to help her mother.
Sim's sister, Seang was also chopped once in the head during the attack. Police
SEPTEMBER 15: A deputy village chief, Set Kimsan,
50, was sent to a hospital for medical treatment after being knifed during a
revenge attack at 6:40 p.m. in Trapaing Khnol village, Takeo province. Set
Kompheak, 22, told police that Yaim Lan, 40, blocked the path of his father and
chopped him four times while he was driving home on a motorbike. Lan ran away
after the assault.
SEPTEMBER 16: The body of Hoeun Boy, 42, was
found in a canal in Kampong Trach village, Kampot province. Police said that Boy
was strangled and his body dumped there after being attacked as he walked home
from drinking wine with three people the previous night. Police suspect Boy's
drinking partners killed him.
SEPTEMBER 16: Meas Khoal, 59, was
killed during a family argument in Tonle Krao village, Kampong Chhnang province.
Police said that Khoal was chopped in the neck and had his head cut off with a
heavy knife by a cruel son, Meas Chhoeung, 24, who was drunk. Police said that
Chhoeung was angry at his father for blaming him for an unknown mistake.
Chhoeung was arrested.
SEPTEMBER 17: San Sarom, 25, was murdered
and his body left in a forest in Prey Kaunsek village, Battambang province. A
young cow herder told police that two people hit Sarom on the head with a stick
and stabbed him several times in the stomach and the chest with a sharp piece of
steel, then escaped on his motorbike. Police filed an arrest warrant for the
killers because they were already identified.
Police arrested Mit Narth, 38, after he murdered his son in Trapaing Moul
village, Sihanoukville. Police said that Narth killed his son, Mit Mao, 13,
while the two were collecting firewood in a forest. Narth told police that he
felt a pain in his head and then chopped his son in the neck with a heavy knife
because he thought his son was a large tiger walking near him.
SEPTEMBER 18: Yu Routha, 22, was sent to Calmette Hospital for
surgery after being shot at around 9 p.m. in Boeng Salang village, Phnom Penh.
Police said that Routha was shot in the waist with a K-59 handgun by his
brother-in-law, Liav Yuot, 55. Yuot was angry because Routha came to his house
and created a problem. Routha demanded that his sister sell her house and divide
the money into two shares.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh
Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap