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Police blotter: 27 July 2007

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JULY 14: Police took a 40-year-old unidentified man to Chantrea hospital after

he was injured by two passengers in a nighttime robbery in Trapaing Thloeng village,

Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, a motorbike taxi driver died on the way to the

hospital because he was stabbed in the chest and the stomach with a knife while carrying

the two robbers who stole his bike.

JULY 14: A 16-year-old girl, Sai Channa, was found dead naked at 5:30am in

downtown Kep, Kampot province. Police said Channa was murdered by strangulation following

being raped while she was riding home on a bicycle, after buying a candle the previous

night. Police found the murderer Keo Vanna, 18, who escaped to Siem Reap province

where he was arrested. Vanna confessed that he killed the girl to keep her silent.

JULY 14: Ly Lot, 25, was arrested by police after killing his wife, Thorn

Kongkea, 23, during a jealousy argument at 6:30pm in Prey Kup village, Prey Veng

province. A neighbor told Police that Kongkea was chopped in the face and in the

neck with an ax and died instantly. The neighbor said Lot was recently unhappy because

he has been suffering from a long illness.

JULY 15: Three robbers escaped on a stolen motorbike belonging to Hang Saveth,

32, after leaving Thmar Da restaurant where he worked everyday in Monorom commune,

Phnom Penh. Saveth told police one of the robbers shot him in the arm with a handgun

then fired twice again but one of the two bullet went in the face of Kao Vutha, 20,

a Kuy Teav street vendor. Police took Saveth and Vutha to Calmette Hospital for operation.

JULY 15: Pich Sokha, 29, was sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after a

man wounded him as he was in a car, leaving the New World restaurant where he had

an argument at a wedding party in Srash Chak commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said

the man shot Sokha in the waist and the thigh then escaped in his Lexus. The gunman

was identified as Heng Somnang, 27, who owns Tony shop located on street 110 near

Wat Phnom.

JULY 15: A 79-year-old woman, Dok Hol, was found dead at 6:20am at her house

in Ta Huy village, Prey Veng province. Police said the woman had been chopped five

times in the head with an ax. Police suspected robbery was the motivation of the

killing because her gold earrings had been stolen.

JULY 16: Wan Lin, 18, was shot and wounded while speaking on a mobile phone

sitting on his motorbike parked on the sidewalk at 9:30pm in Monorom commune, Phnom

Penh. Lin told police that a group of eight gangsters destroyed his bike with a steel

bar and one of those shot him once in the arm then escaped on their three motorbikes.

Police said revenge attack was a reason because Lin recently argued with a person

over fighting for a girl.

JULY 17: Three robbers escaped on a motorbike after stealing jewelry from

two gold vendors, Lim Cheapheng, 50, and Srey Touch, 34, while they were selling

at 12:30pm in Chumpou Vorn market in Chom Chao commune, on the outskirts of Phnom

Penh. A bystander said the robbers aimed their handguns at Cheapheng and collected

two kilos of his jewelry and $3,000 in cash. The robbers then collected 20 damleung

of gold from Srey Touch.

JULY 17: A cowboy found the body of a 30-year-old unidentified man at a rice

field in the early morning in Cheng Meng village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Police came to inspect the body and said the man, wearing a blue T-shirt and gray-stripe

trousers, had been chopped three times in the head with an ax. Police suspected the

man was probably a motorbike taxi driver.

JULY 17: The body of Huy Nak, 25, was found in a closed sack at 7:10am in

Krasaing village, Kampong Cham province. Four people told police that Tra Ngoal,

19, and his six accomplices stopped their motorbikes and beat them with steel bars

while driving home the previous night. The suspects escaped but police filed a complaint

to arrest those people for the murder.

JULY 17: Sear Chhayleng, 29, was fatally gunned down during a robbery at 8:30pm

in Tuol Sangke commune, Phnom Penh. Police said two robbers shot once in the air

with a handgun then shot Chhayleng in the chest and the neck when he tried to fight

off. The robbers then escaped on his bike.

JULY 18: Police arrested three of five people for a murder they committed

the previous night in Prek Thom village, Kandal province. Police named the three

Em Vichit, 22, Chea Sopheakmonirouth, 17, and Soam Sotheara, 18. Police said the

five killed Phoas Kompheak, 18, and stole his new motorbike. Kompheak was poisoned

with insecticide and later strangled after being stabbed in the neck with a knife

while returning home from a wine shop where they drank together in the early evening.

JULY 19: Kang Veath, 27, was knifed to death while walking home from a neighbor's

house where he drank wine with people the previous night in Russey Kraing commune,

Battambang province. Hom Chanthy, 22, told police she suspected Chhel Phal, 28, because

he had attempted to rape her when her husband was not at home. Police later arrested

Phal who confessed he really committed the murder.

JULY 23: Theng Sokdom, 27, a policeman from the Ministry of Interior, was

taken to Calmette Hospital for rescuing after losing consciousness at 7:15am at a

guesthouse in Phnom Penh. A doctor said Sokdom had been drugged with sleeping pills.

Sokdom said a woman stole his motorbike when he brought her to the guesthouse for

sex after having drunk beer together at a karaoke shop the previous night.

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