DECEMBER 5: Hun Khis, 22, was found dead at 6:30 am at a pond in Sdoeung Chey
village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Khis was murdered with a knife and his
body dropped there while returning home from to see a dance the previous night. The
reason for the motive was not known.
DECEMBER 5: A couple, Phan Sophal, 37, and Ly Rany, 32, died at the provincial
hospital after they were burned in a fire in Rasmey village, Kampong Speu province.
Police said the fire occurred after five pigs ran into the kitchen and knocked over
a 30-liter petrol container while his wife was cooking for lunch. Police said three
children of the couple were not home during the fire.
DECEMBER 5: Chhun Kim, 75, was knifed to death in Sramor village, Takeo province.
Police said the elderly woman was chopped eleven times by a grand son, Sim Sokhom,
17, who is disabled and was arrested on the scene. Sokhom became angry after his
grandmother screamed at him and called him 'the blind person' while trying to stop
an argument between she and his mother.
DECEMBER 7: Two people died and three others were sent to Calmette Hospital
after a terrible accident at 4 am on Road 6A in Khnor village, Phnom Penh. Police
said a truck, loaded with firewood, hit a tree on the path while driving from Kampong
Cham to Phnom Penh. Police said the driver, Mol Yom, 29, and his staff, Sal, 18,
died on the scene after losing control.
DECEMBER 7: Lim Keothy, 43, a gold vendor, was robbed at 5:10 pm while working
at his shop in Svay Por village, Battambang province. Keothy told police four gunmen
who wore civilian uniforms entered his shop and shot once into his bedroom, then
they picked up a jewelry bag worth more than $40,000 in cash. The robbers escaped
on their two motorbikes.
DECEMBER 7: Arth Vissa, 23, a garbage collector, was knifed and severely injured
while asleep under a tree in front of the railway station in Phnom Penh. Meas Saran,
20, told police a man, who was identified as Ron, chopped her husband in the right
shoulder and stabbed him twice in the stomach then escaped on foot. Saran said Ron
was angry as her husband recently told police that he had threatened money from another
DECEMBER 8: Vong Chausem, 50, the owner of the In Tech Shoe factory, was shot
dead in a robbery at 10:30 am while driving a car on Russian Federation Boulevard
in Teuk Laak 1 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police six gunmen blocked the
path of Vong and shot him twice in the chest with an AK-47 then they escaped on three
motorbikes after stealing $50,000 of payroll taken from the First Commercial Bank.
However, police arrested five suspects, confiscated four handguns and took back $20,000.
DECEMBER 8: Police arrested Nhep Chantha, 24, after he was accused of a murder
in Khbal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Chantha killed his
wife, Yart Chetra, 21, but he later told police someone murdered her while he was
not at home. However, after investigation, police said Chantha knocked his wife down
then strangled her during an argument.
DECEMBER 8: Two woman died and another was severely injured after their motorbike
crashed into a truck on National Road 6 in Trapaing Veng village, Kampong Thom province.
Police said Sok Na, 25, died instantly, and Chhun Ny, 19, died at a hospital. The
truck overturned about 10 meters from the scene because the driver, Dy Khia, 18,
lost control after the accident.
DECEMBER 9: Khlaing Nuoch, 42, a car driver, was sent to Calmette Hospital
for treatment after massive head injuries during an accident in Siem Reap province.
Police said the car overturned while Nuoch was teaching a neighbour Vuth to drive.
Vuth promises to pay for medical treatment.
DECEMBER 9: Police arrested Phay Thoeun, 35, after he was accused of rape
in Choeung Chap village, Mangkol Borey district, Banteay Meanchey. Police said Thoeun
raped his 10-year-old step-daughter when her mother was staying in Thailand where
she works everyday. The girl told police that she had been raped four times since
November this year.
DECEMBER 10: Chao Makthoeung, 22, a mechanic at Heng Heng garage, was arrested
for rape committed three days ago at a guest-house in Boeung Trabek commune, Phnom
Penh. A 16-year-old girl complained to police that Makthoeung persuaded her to the
guest-house and raped her twice. However, Makthoeung denied the charge, saying she
agreed to have sex together.
DECEMBER 10: An ambulance took Bun Chhoeun, 35, to Calmette Hospital after
suddenly losing consciousness at 7 pm in front of Bottum Waddey pagoda in Phnom Penh.
Chhoeun, a motodop driver from Tasous village in Svay Reang province, told a newspaper
that he had been drugged with sleeping pills after he drank four cans of beer given
by his passenger who stole his bike.
DECEMBER 10: Yin Sansy, 37, was shot dead at 8:30 pm in Ta Chart village,
Koh Kong province. Police said revenge was the
motive as Sansy had recently argued with his neighbor, Ouk Sophal, 43, who threatened
to kill him during the argument over land issues. However, police arrested Sophal
and Sok Chamroeun for questioning. Sansy was shot three times in the head, the waist
and the shoulder.
DECEMBER 10: Long Han, 24, was arrested for a robbery and a murder he committed
a week ago in Bangkorng village, Prasard Bakong district, Siem Reap. Police said
Han confessed he really killed a neighbor woman, Meach Phing, 44, for stealing a
motorbike belonging to him. Han told police Phing died from poisoning after she drank
a bottle of water while he was giving her a ride.
DECEMBER 11: Police arrested Theun Thoeun, 23, after he was accused of rape
the previous night in Prek Ampil village, Kandal province. A 27-year-old woman, who
is married with three children, complained to police that she let Thoeun go ahead
with sex because she thought the man was her husband.
DECEMBER 11: Long Huol, 23, died instantly from massive head injuries during
an accident at around 9 pm while riding a motorbike on Kampuchea Krom Boulevard in
Teuk Laak 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the bike crashed into a motor remorke
after trying to overtake a bus.
DECEMBER 11: Veng Sreykia, 30, was found dead at her aunt's house in Ta Chan
village, Kean Svay district, Kandal. Prak Sovan told police his wife was murdered
with a knife while making cake for sale at Prek Eng Primary School. Police said robbery
was the motive as 3.5 chi of her gold necklace had been stolen. Sreykia was chopped
once in the head and her throat cut.
DECEMBER 12: Thoeun Sora, 16, was arrested for a rape he allegedly committed
the previous day in Kaun Thnoat village, Kampong Svay district, Kampong Thom. Police
said Sora tried to escape after raping a 6-year-old girl. The girl's parents filed
a complaint to the police and demanded five million riels in damages.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun