AUGUST 1: An 8-year-old girl was raped in Tumnop village, Daun Keo district,
Takeo. Police said the alleged rapist, Arth, 26, persuaded the girl to go to a farm
about 800 meters from her house and promised her 500 riel. Arth, who had spent seven
years as a monk, is still at large.
AUGUST 1: A 12-year-old girl was raped at her house in Lavea village, Preah
Sdech district, Prey Veng. Police said the alleged rapist, Phon Phoan, 20, was arrested
three days later. Phoan was also accused of raping the girl twice in July.
AUGUST 1: Police are looking for the Thai manager of a casino after he
was accused of raping a 17-year-old employee. She was attacked while working at the
Golden Crown Casino in Khbal Spian village, O'Chroeu district, Banteay Meanchey.
Police said her manager, Suthin, a Thai national, threatened to kill her if she complained
to the authorities, adding that he had promised her 25,000 baht.
AUGUST 2: Hong Tha, 44, a farmer, was hospitalized after being knocked
down during a quarrel in Prek Phnau village, Pia Raing district, Prey Veng. Police
said he was hit on the head with a bottle by his friend, Doy, 46, during a drinking
bout. The assailant escaped.
AUGUST 2: Three people were killed by lightning in Kien Svay district,
Kandal. A 12-year-old girl, Ul Theavy, and her 10-year-old brother, Ul Sok, died
during an afternoon thunderstorm in Som Rong village. Police said the pair were looking
after their family's cows when they were struck and instantly killed. Long Sreang,
23, a farmer, also died after he was hit by lightning while cutting trakuon in nearby
AUGUST 3: Hiromi Yakimatsu, 23, a Japanese woman, was sent to Calmette
Hospital for treatment after being attacked while she was at home in Mittapheap commune,
Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, a teacher at a private school, was hit on the
head with a hammer while trying to fight off a group of gangsters who attempted to
AUGUST 3: Men Chea, 30, a policeman, was sent to Calmette Hospital after
being severely wounded in the early hours of the morning in Sam Rong village, Barai
district, Kam-pong Thom. Police said he was shot in the face with an AK-47 during
an exchange of fire with a group of kidnappers. They were demanding 3 million riel
for the release of nine women. His boss, police inspector Svay Savet, 32, was also
wounded in the thigh.
AUGUST 4: Chi Pheng, 34, was found hanged at the toilet of his guest house
in Teuk Thla village, Russei Keo district on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police
said Pheng, an employee at international NGO World Vision, hanged himself after his
parents refused to let him marry Seng Hurn, 24.
AUGUST 4: Kong Soeun, 18, died in Calmette Hospital after being severely
wounded at a warehouse in Trapaing Thloeng village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh.
Police said he was shot four times with an AK-47 while guarding the warehouse. Four
suspects, Kien Kim, 23, Duol Ry, 21, Keo Sreymoch, 23 and Nguon Rin, 44, were later
arrested for questioning.
AUGUST 4: Sad Vutha, 23, a military policeman, was fatally shot during
a night-time robbery in front of Oudor Riadey pagoda in Russei Keo district, Phnom
Penh. Police said he was shot in the head with a K-54 handgun by two men who then
stole his motorbike.
AUGUST 5: Bill Morron, 64, a US citizen, was found dead at his office in
the US Embassy in Phnom Penh. Police said Morron, who was working on security at
the embassy, probably died from a heart attack. His body was sent to Calmette Hospital.
AUGUST 5: Li Soklin, 22, was gunned down in Kau Rothan village, Serey Sophoan
district, Banteay Meanchey. Police said she was shot in the temple by her boyfriend,
Chien Hi, 28, who then killed himself with his handgun. The woman's parents disapproved
of Hi's attempts to form a relationship with their daughter.
AUGUST 5: Sin Hiang, 37, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being attacked
with an ax during a robbery in Romdoul Choeung Phnom village, Mittapheap district,
Sihanoukville. Police said an unknown man blocked the path of Hiang's motorbike then
chopped him eight times. The robber fled to a nearby forest after Hiang fought back.
AUGUST 6: Fieng Tong, 35, a Vietnamese national, was sent to Calmette Hospital
for treatment after being knocked down during a drink-fueled quarrel at 5:45 pm in
Psar O'Russei precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said he was hit on the head and neck with
a steel bar by his friend, Le Wang Yau, 36. Yau was angry after Tong kept knocking
him on the head while drunk. Yau was later arrested.
AUGUST 7: Top Vuthy, 24, was arrested for a murder committed two months
earlier in Koh Prak village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. District police inspector
Maing Pich said Vuthy ran away after he killed a man and a women as he attempted
to rob their house. The couple, Khy Srean, 38, and Tor Soneath, 37, were shot dead
with a K-59 handgun while watching television at their house.
AUGUST 7: Seventeen Vietnamese girls were rescued from a brothel in Svay
Pak precinct, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Prum Vutha, the
acting head of the anti-human trafficking unit, said his officers arrested two Vietnamese
brothel owners, Nguyen Thity, 22, and Yor Thy Anh, 51. The rescued girls were sent
to the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center for rehabilitation.
AUGUST 8: Mam Sopheak, 32, a moto-taxi driver, was sent to hospital after
acid was thrown on him as he slept in Teuk Thla village, Russei Keo district, on
the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Sopheak's face and body were severely injured
during the attack. It's thought the driver's second estranged wife, Srey Pheap, 35,
threw the acid in retaliation after she was knocked down during a family quarrel
a week earlier.
AUGUST 9: Chea Vin, 33, was arrested for a robbery he was accused of committing
four months earlier in Prek Krauch village, Levea Em district, Kandal. Police said
the arrest came after a warrant was issued by the provincial prosecutor, Chheng Phat,
and his investigating judge.
AUGUST 9: Tep Sopheap, 24, was shot dead at 4:20 am in Tonle Bassac precinct,
Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Police said Sopheap, who came from Neak Loeung
village, Prey Veng province, was shot in the face with a K-54 handgun by an unknown
man, who then escaped on a motorbike. It is thought revenge was the motive for the
killing as the victim's motorbike was not stolen.
AUGUST 10: Two suspected robbers, Sem Sun, 20, Kong Ketborah, 21, were
arrested after being accused of committing a murder a week earlier at Oudor Riadey
pagoda in Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, Sat Vutha, 23, a military police official,
was persuaded to visit the pagoda by the suspects, where he was shot with a K-54
handgun. The attackers then stole his motorbike, later selling it for $420.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun