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Police Blotter: 30 June 2006

Police Blotter: 30 June 2006

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JUNE 18: A motorbike taxi driver, Sau Chhuy, 23, was found hanged in a tree

in the early morning at a cashew field in Traing village, Siem Reap province. A villager

told police Chhuy was probably killed by two unidentified men because they had been

seen there before the murder the previous night. Police suspected the two men killed

Chhuy and stole his bike.

JUNE 18: Yim Yon, 27, was shot with a crossbow during a revenge attack at

5:10pm in Kauk Krabey village, Kampong Cham province. Yon was taken to a district

hospital but later transferred to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh to remove an arrowhead

after a neighbor shot him in the back. The man escaped.

JUNE 18: Police shot dead nine and wounded seven of 40 prisoners who tried

to escape from Battambang prison when they were let out to urinate. Ek Krith, Provincial

Police Commissioner, said the prisoners took a policeman hostage then killed him

while exchanging gunfire with authorities. Krith said the prisoners had a handgun

that had possibly been smuggled into the prison in a durian. His investigations are

continuing.

JUNE 19: Auy Chhurn, 28, was sent to a hospital for treatment after being

knifed during an argument at 5:10pm in Chrouy Russey village, Kandal province. Police

said Chhurn was stabbed twice in the stomach by Phoan Cheap, 18, who was later arrested.

A bystander said Cheap was angry because Chhurn had punched Cheap's father in the

facae while arguing with him during a drinking session.

JUNE 19: Four gangsters escaped after killing Kouy Sarith, 29, during a nighttime

dancing argument at a funeral ceremony in Kauk Banteay village, Kampong Chhnang province.

Police said Sarith was stabbed once in the chest with a knife by one of the four

gangsters.

JUNE 20: Police arrested a Chinese fortuneteller, Seav Hong, 55, who was accused

of cheating a total of $200,000 from more than ten people in Phnom Penh. Police said

each of the complainants had handed a bag of jewelry to Hong and asked her to perform

magic to bring good luck for their business. Each time, Hong substituted fake jewelry

and warned the owner not to open the bag for a week.

JUNE 20: A part-time motorbike taxi driver, Dol Doeun, 25, an assistant to

a deputy governor of Kandal province, was found unconsciousness in the early morning

in Prey Pring village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Doeun, who was later treated

at Chantrea clinic, said he had been drugged with the smoke of a cigarette the previous

night while carrying a man who stole his motorbike.

JUNE 21: Municipal Court warranted American Michael Joseph Pepe, 53, who was

accused of pedophilia with three underage girls in Phnom Penh. The court also detained

four Cambodian women, Koeung Lang, Ly Kim Eng, Choeung Thisan and Thanh Thing. They

were charged with selling the girls to Pepe, who works part-time as an English teacher

at the Pannasastra University. The girls told police Thisan and Thing took off their

dresses and kept them in a closed room while they had sex with Michael. The girls

said the women taught them how to have sex.

JUNE 21: Police arrested Kok Sang, 22, who was accused of raping a 33-year-old

woman the previous day in Chambak Khpous village, Kampong Thom province. The woman

told police Sang punched her twice in the face, threw her to the ground, then raped

her in a cucumber field where she was working alone. Police said Sang had got married

only two months earlier.

JUNE 22: Two people were arrested for drug trafficking after police found

945 amphetamime pills in a plastic bag in Teuk Thlar commune, Banteay Meanchey province.

Police named traffickers as Huot Vy, 32, and Sam Lek, 23, and said they were bringing

the pills to sell to Tan Khat, 60, who escaped.

JUNE 23: Chheang Kao, 28, was robbed of his mobile phone while selling Chinese

medicine at his shop at 1:15pm in O'Russei commune, Phnom Penh. Kao said one of two

robbers entered the shop and aimed a K-54 handgun at him then escaped on a motorbike

after stealing his phone, valued at $540.

JUNE 24: Police arrested two people after they were accused of receiving stolen

property in O'Russei commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the two had been buying motorbikes

from robbers. However, the family of one of the two arrested said police offered

to free the pair if the families paid a ransom of $500 each.

JUNE 25: Loeung Sokha, 40, a recycling vendor, was shot dead at midnight while

buying material from two people in front of his house in Chumpouvoan village, Phnom

Penh. A neighbor said the men sold scrap metal to Sokha for 10,000 riel, then shot

him six times with an AK-47. They escaped on a motorbike. The motive for the killing

was unknown.

JUNE 25: Phay Hoeun, 35, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after

her husband, Long Pha, 45, chopped her with a heavy knife during family violence

in the early morning in Salong village, Kampong Chhnang province. Heun's sister,

Phay Socheat, 20, told police Pha pulled Hoeun out of the house and chopped her once

in the shoulder and twice in the head, then escaped into a nearby forest.

JUNE 26: A 58-year-old man, Tri Roeun, was arrested for raping an eight-year-old

girl the previous day in a rice field in Andaung Chin village, Battambang province.

The girl told police Roeun asked her to buy a 300-riel ice cream for him, but when

she returned he gave her 200 riel then raped her.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun

Pheap

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