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Police Blotter: 31 August, 2001



AUGUST 19: Kong Sambath, 46, a general director of CPD, was arrested near

his house in Sleng Roling village, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom

Penh. A municipal criminal police spokesperson said the arrest followed the issuing

of a warrant dated July 31, which was signed by deputy prosecutor Yeat Chariya and

Soa Sophary, the investigating judge. Sambath was accused of cheating a businessman

out of $10,000. 

AUGUST 19: Two suspected robbers, Sok Lieng, 27, and Lim Sokvang, 21, were

arrested after attempting to steal a motorbike at 9:20pm on 183 Street in Toul Svay

Prey 1 commune, Phnom Penh. A moto-taxi driver told police that the men tied a nylon

line around his throat and ordered him to stop while driving them from Psah Thmei

to Tumnop Teuk precinct.

AUGUST 20: A 37-year-old man, Var Chiel, was found hanging at 5am at a

construction site in Boeng Kak 2 commune, Toul Kok district, Phnom Penh. After inspection,

police said that Chiel, a construction worker, committed suicide, although they did

not know of any reason for the suicide.

AUGUST 20: Than Sopheak, 8, was killed instantly and his sister, Than Chhea,

10, was knifed and severely injured in Ampil Chrum village, Kampong Cham. Police

said Sopheak's head was cut off and his sister stabbed by their uncle, Man Tieu,

30, who had argued with their father about a boundary line on his land. Tieu was

later shot in the leg while trying to evade arrest by escaping into the forest.

AUGUST 20: Sao Von, 32, and Sok Saruon, 37, were arrested for a murder

they were accused of committing a few days earlier in Taing Thnong village, Teuk

Phos district, Kampong Chhnang. Provincial Criminal Police Chief Chim Bunthoeun said

that Sim Um, 52, a goods vendor, was axed several times in the head and died instantly

while selling his wares to the two men.

AUGUST 21: In Mich, 24, was arrested after attempting to steal a motorbike

at 5:20am in Toul Sangke commune, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom

Penh. Tep Khyang, 35, a moto-taxi driver, told police that Mich and another man held

a knife to his throat and beat him, but that they ran away when passersby came to

help. Mich was handed over to the authorities.

AUGUST 21: A 41-year-old man, Tin Ser-eivuth, was shot and wounded at midnight

at his house on the riverside in Doeum Kor village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh.

Police said the victim, a moto-taxi driver, was shot in the right shoulder while

urinating after checking on his chickens.

AUGUST 22: Huot Lakana, 21, a popular singer, was shot and severely wounded

while leaving the Night Sound Beer Garden club at 11:10pm in Srah Chak commune, Phnom

Penh. Lakana was shot in the face with a K-59 handgun while walking with her older

sister. Police said her sister, Huot Saravdy, may have been the intended target.

They said Thol, an accomplice of a nobleman, had threatened to kill her after she

took $400 to set up a party between the nobleman and Lakana. However, Saravdy took

$300 of the money to pay her uncle's medical bills after he had been shot a few days

earlier, which meant the party had to be canceled.

AUGUST 22: Kim Hey, 38, a construction worker, was axed and seriously injured

at 8pm while urinating in front of his house in Prey Tateung village, Prey Chhor

district, Kampong Cham. Police said the victim was chopped four times in the waist

and the back and his right ear was cut off by his 63-year-old stepfather, Chou Hong.

Hong, who was drunk, was arrested.

AUGUST 22: Ly Nak, 36, survived a poisoning attempt at 2:30pm at Chonlung

Malou pagoda in Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Nak, a moto-taxi

driver, told police that he was promised R5,000 to give his passenger a ride from

Pochentong market to the pagoda. He lost consciousness after drinking a bag of iced

milk given by the passenger who attempted to steal his bike. The offender escaped

on foot after monks came to help.

AUGUST 23: Man Viran, 41, a district officer in charge of women's affairs,

was arrested for rape in Khla Sandai village, Banteay Srey district, Siem Reap. Police

said he was arrested after a 14-year-old girl complained to the provincial court

that he had raped her after giving her one dollar. Viran denied he had raped her,

saying they had slept together five times previously with her consent.

AUGUST 24: Two people died and six others were injured after a B-40 bomb

exploded at 3:30pm in Chun Nik village, Mongkul Borey district, Banteay Meanchey.

Police said Yor Yard, 30, was killed instantly after Chhouk Pak, 13, who was severely

injured in the blast, threw the bomb onto a piece of wood three meters away from

him. Laing Nhauch, 54, died at the district hospital.



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