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Police Blotter: 23 September 2005

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

robberies.

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

compensation.

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

woman.

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

wife.

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

arrested Khun.

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.

SEPTEMBER 18:

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

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