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Police Blotter: 30 Nobember 2007

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NOVEMBER 15: Three people wearing military uniforms escaped after killing

Hem Pisal, 35, and injuring his 5-year-old daughter during a robbery at 7:15pm in

O'Tapraing village, Pailin. Pisal's wife told police one of the three shot her husband

in the chest with an AK-47 while he was taking a bath outside of his house. The robbers

ran away after collecting a platinum necklace, a diamond ring, a mobile phone, $995

and 300,000 riel in cash.

NOVEMBER 17: Six gunmen escaped on two motorbikes after robbing a gold vendor

while she was parking her car in front of her house at 5:40pm in Toul Svay Prey 2

commune, Phnom Penh. The woman told police three of the six broke the window and

aimed handguns at her and her daughter and then stole a jewelry bag valued at more

than $100,000.

NOVEMBER 17: Pen Ban, 60, and his wife, Touch Nen, 59, were axed and severely

injured in a nighttime robbery in Sangkum village, Kratie province. The couple are

under medical treatment at a provincial hospital. They said they invited three people

for dinner but while eating and drinking wine the three chopped them in the head,

the ear and the temple and fled with $4,000 in cash. Police arrested two of the three

and took back $2,305.

NOVEMBER 20: A suspected robber was beaten to death by a crowd of people while

trying to escape with a stolen mobile phone at Steung Meanchey market in Phnom Penh.

Seng Hong, 21, the owner of a telephone shop, said the man came to his shop and asked

to look at a fancy phone, then aimed a K-54 handgun at him and threatened to kill

him if he shouted.

NOVEMBER 20: Pyo Hojun, 51, a Korean national, was found hanging at a rental

house in Toul Tumpong commune 2, Phnom Penh. Police said Pyo hanged himself with

a rope. He left a letter for his family in his room. Police suspected Pyo was in

despair because he allegedly had taken $1,000 each from 20 people promising to offer

them jobs in South Korea.

NOVEMBER 20: Three gunmen escaped on a stolen motorbike belonging to Tong

Hour, 58, who was shot and severely wounded while carrying his wife on his bike at

6:30pm on Sothearos Boulevard in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Heng Keangroeun

was beaten with the butt of a handgun during the robbery. She said the robbers blocked

the path of her husband and shot him once in the chest while he was trying to fight

them off. Hour is at the Bayon clinic.

NOVEMBER 20: Kun Vanny, 22, was knifed and severely injured during a nighttime

robbery in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Vanny is now under medical treatment

at Preach Kossamak hospital. He said two gangsters stabbed him once in the stomach

after he refused to give them money. Police arrested two suspects.

NOVEMBER 21: Masas Math, 55, Khmer-Islam, and Ke Chanrith, 36, reporter from

Reachsey News, were arrested after authorities found them guilty of human trafficking

in K'bal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Math and Chanrith

had prepared to smuggle 60 people to Thailand where they promised to offer them jobs.

Each person paid around Baht3,000 to Baht 5,000.

NOVEMBER 21: Loch Pisith, 18, was robbed of his new motorbike while stopping

at 7:30pm at a traffic light on Norodom Boulevard in Psar Thmey 1 commune, Phnom

Penh. Pisith later came to a nearby police station and said one of two robbers struck

him down on the back of the head with the butt of a handgun and threatened to shoot

him dead before escaping on his bike.

NOVEMBER 21: Heng Vanda, 19, a student at Norton University, was shot dead

in a revenge attack at 8:10pm near a rental house in Tuol Kauk village, Phnom Penh.

An eyewitness told police two unknown men shot Vanda twice in the back with a handgun

then escaped on a motorbike. The witness said Vanda died about 100 meters from the

rental house after trying to avoid the shooting.

NOVEMBER 22: Som Sambath, 45, a gold vendor, was robbed as he was carrying

his wife on a motorbike from Kam Reang market to their residence in Boeng Raing commune,

Battambang province. Sambath said three robbers aimed two handguns at him and his

wife then took his bike and a jewelry bag containing 45 damleung of platinum, 5 damleung

of gold, $9,500, 45 million riel and 800,000 baht in cash.

NOVEMBER 22: Chres Panha, 21, a construction worker, was arrested by police

for questioning after an 18-year-old girl accused him of raping her in Veal Sbov

village, Kampong Cham province. The girl told police that Panha brought her to a

nearby pagoda on a bicycle then raped her. Panha confessed and said that he raped

the girl because he was drunk after having a liter of alcohol.

NOVEMBER 23: A 13-year-old girl was arrested for the murder of a 5-year-old

girl the previous day in Svay Proteal village, Kandal province. Police said the girl

killed the 5-year-old and stole a pair of her gold earrings. The child was strangled

and her body hidden under the water grass in a lake behind the village.

NOVEMBER 23: Kong Var, 22, was murdered in a robbery while sitting under a

tree and talking with a girlfriend, Chim Chantha, 20, at 11am in Sdao village, Prey

Veng province. Police said the victims were beaten with sticks by a group of gangsters

who stole a motorbike and two mobile phones belonging to Kong Var, and another belonging

to Chantha. Chantha was sent to a provincial hospital but she later transferred to

a hospital in Phnom Penh.

NOVEMBER 25: In Sokhem, 29, escaped with her two daughters after killing her

estranged husband, Chhin Samon, 35, during an argument at 10:15pm in Doeum Reus commune,

Kandal province. After investigation, police said the argument occurred after Sokhem

denied selling a house. Samon recently persuaded Sokhem to sell a plot of land for

business but after he took the money and spent it on an extra-marital affair with

another woman.

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