MARCH 23: Tuy Khan, 38, was arrested for murder in Prey Khla village, Prey
Veng province. Police said Khan killed Vong Sim, 62, a construction worker. Khan
told police he beat Sim to death with a steel bar because he had been in a love affair
with his wife since he came to build his house.
MARCH 23: Soy Chea, 22, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after
attempting suicide during a family argument at 3:40pm in Wat Ang village, Kampot
province. Police said Chea grabbed a 2-month-old baby from the hands of his wife
and stabbed the baby twice in the stomach then stabbed himself in the stomach because
his wife looked down on his family.
MARCH 24: Police arrested four people for extortion at 3:30pm in the Chhouk
Rout coffee shop in Psar Thmey 3 commune, Phnom Penh. Police named the four suspects
as Soung Sokhen, 32, assistant to deputy prime minister Lu Lay Sreng; Say Saroeun,
61, a construction worker; Chum Savoeun, 41, a policeman at PJ; and Pen Sunna, 32.
Police said the arrest came after Soun Devy, 51, complained that the four threatened
her for $20,000 ransom. Devy said the four killed her husband over a 1999 land dispute.
MARCH 24: Lightning killed Kroch Moeut, 4, during a rainstorm at 2:40pm in
Kam Reng village, Pursat province. Police said the lightning also injured Moeut's
mother, who is now under treatment at a provincial hospital.
MARCH 25: Yoak Yin, 22, was arrested and later sent to a provincial court
in connection with a rape case in Por Khao village, Kampong Thom province. Police
said Khao raped a 4-year-old girl while she was walking home from watching television
at a neighbor's house.
MARCH 26: Three gangsters escaped after killing Hak Sok, 50, and injuring
his daughter, Hak Kimsour, 19, at 7:50pm in downtown Sihanoukville. Sun Vanthon,
48, told police that one of the three suspects was Pen Thim, who entered her house
and chopped her husband to death with a heavy knife. The gangsters then chopped her
daughter in the arm when she came to help her father. Police suspected revenge was
the reason of the killing because Vanthon said the three recently fought with her
son, Hak Kimsan, 22.
MARCH 26: Ann Noeun, 44, died on the way to hospital after she was beaten
in a family violence at 6:30pm in Steung Chak village, Battambang province. Police
said Noeun was struck on the neck with a bamboo stick while arguing with her husband,
Thau Meth, 44. Meth became angry as she criticized him in front of people when he
drank. Meth escaped after the assault.
MARCH 26: Ou Sry, 28, was arrested for murder after she went to police station
and complained that robbers killed her husband and stole 100,000 riel in Sen Ponlang
village, Kampot province. Police said Sry confessed that she killed her husband because
he wanted to marry another woman. Chhoeun Sa Ym, 29, was beaten to death with a steel
bar while sleeping the previous night.
MARCH 28: Prak Theara, 19, a student at the National University for Management,
was shot and wounded while driving his motorbike at 3:30am in Psar Kandal 1 commune,
Phnom Penh. His friend told police Theara, underwent surgery at Calmette Hospital,
was shot in the bottom with a K-54 handgun by an unknown man who escaped in his car.
He said the man was probably angry after Theara tried to overtake his car.
MARCH 28: Lon Soklay, 22, was shot dead during a robbery while giving a ride
to two girls at 5:30am in Traloak Bek village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Eyewitness
told police two robbers on a motorbike blocked the path of Soklay and shot him in
the ear with a handgun then stole his bike.
MARCH 28: Surn Touch, 40, was found dead in the early morning in Andong Por
village, Kampong Cham province. Police came to inspect the body and said murder was
the reason because Touch had been injured in the neck. Police suspect that Touch
was killed with a stick while walking home from a dance the previous night.
MARCH 29: Sam Teng, 43, was arrested by police after killing his mother-in-law,
Choung Chea, 72, during a family argument at 8:40pm in Kraing Yaov village, Kandal
province. Reth Mok, 41, told police Teng was drunk and chopped his mother-in-law
with an ax. Mok said Teng always hurt her when he became drank.
MARCH 29: Ben Moeun, 38, escaped after killing his brother-in-law, Chhum Lan,
37, during a drinking session in Kauk Romeas village, Siem Reap province. Police
said the argument happened after Moeun spoke Thai language to Lan while they were
drunk. Lan was chopped to death with a heavy knife because he tried to stop Moeun
who still kept speaking Thai.
MARCH 29: Soth Vansen, 29, was shot and wounded at a nighttime dancing argument
in Chak Angre Krom village, Phnom Penh. Police said Vansen died later at a hospital
after he was shot in the back with a handgun by a group of gangsters who escaped
on their motorbikes.
MARCH 30: Police arrested three gangsters for violence during a dancing argument
at a wedding party the previous night in Por Reach village, Svay Rieng province.
Police said Kong Neang, 25, Kong Rasmey, 20, and Koy Thima, 19, injured Am Vontha,
19, who later died at a provincial hospital where he was taken for treatment after
the three beat him on the head with a stick.
MARCH 30: Chan Thy, 51, was found dead in the kitchen of her house in Psar
Thmey 3 commune, Phnom Penh. Police suspected robbery was the motivation of the killing
because Thy's husband said 10 damleung of jewelry and $20,000 in cash were stolen.
Police said she was stabbed to death with a knife while gambling with other people
at her house when her husband was not at home.
MARCH 31: Van Voeuth, 32, was found dead in the early morning in Kauk Prich
village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Voeuth was killed elsewhere and his
body dropped there after he had argued with a group of seven people who drank palm
wine the previous night. Police filed a complaint for arrest because they know the
identity of the suspects.
APRIL 1: Chap Pesith, 33, a police officer at the Ministry of Interior, committed
suicide during a jealous argument at 9:30pm in Psar Thmey 3 commune, Phnom Penh.
Police said Pesith shot himself in the temple with a handgun after wounding his wife,
Chan Sarin, 31, and 7-year-old daughter, Pesith Monirouth.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun