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Police Blotter: 6 May 2005

APRIL 22: Mok Sopheak, 23, a student at the National Institute for

Management, was shot dead at 8:45 p.m. while riding with his girlfriend on his

motorbike on Preah Sisowath Boulevard in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police

said Sopheak was shot once in chest with a K-54 handgun by two robbers who

escaped on his bike.

APRIL 22: A car smuggling gasoline failed to

stop after colliding with a motorbike ridden by three people at 7:30 p.m. on

National Road 1 in Kraing Khaok village, Prey Veng province. A passer-by told

police that the car hit the bike from behind while driving fast from the

province to the city. Police said Chhen Saloun, 22, died later at a hospital and

his two accompanies were severely injured.

APRIL 23: Noeun

Sopheak, 25, was sent to a private clinic after being knifed while returning

home from a dance at a wedding party in Prek Chreyloeu village, Prey Veng

province. Sopheak told police that a man chopped him twice from behind with a

heavy knife and then ran away. Police suspect revenge was the reason because

Sopheak had recently argued with some people.

APRIL 23: Police are

looking for Pao Aim, 32, who escaped after killing his brother-in-law, Soy Tith,

20, during an argument at 7:30 p.m. in Tar Korm village, Takeo province. A

witness told police that Aim knocked Tith down with a blow to the head with a

bamboo stick and stabbed him four times in the neck before escaping. Police said

Aim was angry because Tith never helped his wife with homework.

APRIL

24: Police arrested a Vietnamese masseuse, Nguyen Chimeth, 21, after she

knifed a Chinese national, Chhin Koukhong, 40, at around 8 p.m. at a massage

shop in Tar Phol village, Siem Reap province. The woman told police she was

angry and chopped Koukhong twice with a heavy knife because he had punched her

four times in the face when she refused to have sex with him.

APRIL

25: Police took Din Vanhun, 23, to Calmette Hospital for surgery after he

was shot in a nighttime robbery while speaking on his mobile phone in Psar Thmey

3 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that the two robbers shot Vanhun in

the groin as they tried to run away after attempting to steal his phone. The

robbers escaped on a motorbike.

APRIL 26: Keo Sitha, 19,

complained to police after she was raped at midnight while returning home from

Diamond Star Karaoke shop where she worked as a singer in Psar Depot 3 commune,

Phnom Penh. Sitha told police that a man asked her to get in his car then raped

her. Sitha said the man pushed her out of the car, taking her mobile phone and

underwear.

APRIL 26: Police killed a man and arrested two other

people on suspicion they were about to commit a robbery in Veal Vong commune,

Phnom Penh. The three men were following a car on a motorbike when police asked

them to stop. They took off, shooting at police. One of the men, Rous Savuth,

42, a soldier who worked in Military Region 3, was fatally shot, said police.

Police confiscated a K-59 handgun and two K-54 handguns for evidence from

Channy, 22, and Moeun Socheat, 38, who both confessed that they were planning to

rob the car owner.

APRIL 27: Kandal provincial court sentenced You

Samarth, 35, to 18 years in prison for killing his 6-week-old baby in September

last year in Sanlong commune. Presiding judge Kong Kuy said Samarth, who was a

construction worker and moto-taxi driver, punched his baby to death. He put the

child's body inside a suitcase and left it in front of his in-laws' house.

Samarth had alleged his wife was unfaithful and had demanded $800 from her

parents to cover wedding debts. They had refused.

APRIL 27: A

5-year-old girl was sent to hospital for medical treatment after being raped in

Trapaing Ampil village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said the girl had not

told her mother, but her mother found out from other children who alleged that a

13-year-old boy, Ol Em, raped her daughter.

APRIL 28: A car

mechanic, Var Hon, 23, was found dead at 8:30 a.m. at a garage in Kien Khlaing

village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Hon was strangled with a

rope and his throat had been cut with a knife while asleep at the garage the

previous night. Police said robbery was the motive because his motorbike had

been stolen.

APRIL 28: Three people were killed during a heavy

afternoon storm in the Chhoeu Tom commune, Pursat province. Police said a man,

Sok Ly, 44, and two women, In Preap, 22, and Mat Sreymom, 15, were struck by

lightning and died instantly during the first rain of the season. Police also

said 17 wooden houses were damaged in three different villages.

APRIL

29: A Swiss national, identified as Nionel, 21, was found dead at noon at

Cafe Freedom guesthouse in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Nionel

died from a drug overdose because some white powder, syringes and marijuana were

found in his room.

APRIL 30: A prisoner, Ek Khol, 29, was beaten

to death with a stick while sleeping in a hammock at Sihanoukville prison.

Provincial judge Sok Soeun said Khol was killed with by another prisoner, Pauch

Mon, 26. Police said both of the prisoners were arrested in February and waiting

for trial. Police said Mon killed Khol in an attempt to create turmoil and

escape from the prison.

MAY 1: Ouch Sereyvuth, 34, a Ministry of

Interior policeman, killed his friend, Mao Sopheap, 26, at midnight at a karaoke

shop in Boeng Kak 2 commune, Phnom Penh, said police. A witness told police that

Sereyvuth shot the man with a K-59 handgun after Sopheap tried to stop him

leaving without sharing the cost of their drinks. Sereyvuth escaped on a

motorbike.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and

Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap

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