FEBRUARY 11: Um Chantha, 46, died at a hospital after being shot at midnight
in Prar Hout village, Prey Veng province. His wife said her husband was shot in the
chest after leaving the house to check why his dog was barking.
FEBRUARY 11: Sou Sophal, 24, was shot and severely wounded while riding home
on a moto-taxi at 8:20 p.m. on Russian Federation Boulevard in Teuk Thlar commune,
on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sophal said one of two gunmen shot her in the groin
then escaped on a motorbike. Sophal told police that revenge was the reason because
she had recently argued over business.
FEBRUARY 11: The naked body of a 16-year-old girl, Pi Theara, was found at
a room in the hotel Holiday Palace where she worked as a waitress in Khbal Spean
village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Theara was reportedly stabbed twice
with a knife and had her throat cut. Police later found a killer named Eang Mayou,
27, who confessed that he did the murder.
FEBRUARY 11: Chea Song, 53, was arrested for a murder she committed during
an argument the previous day in Banteay Meanchey province. Police said she tried
to escape with a daughter after killing her husband with a knife.
FEBRUARY 12: Police arrested a garment worker, Chheang Del, 49, after he committed
a murder during an argument at 2:25 p.m. in Dangkor village, outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Police said Del killed a Korean national, Jhou Kihan, 52, with a K-59 handgun and
his colleague, Fong Hong, 42, was shot and later died in hospital after the argument
at Yang Min garment factory.
FEBRUARY 12: Lon Chanthol, 18, was arrested after being accused of murder
in Koh Tauch village, Kampot province. Police said a three-year-old girl, Khuon Simuy,
was killed elsewhere and her body hanged from a tree while returning home from watching
television at a neighbor's house. Police said Chanthol was seen walking along with
her the previous night.
FEBRUARY 12: A primary school director, Kun Seng, 50, was fatally gunned down
in a revenge attack at 8:20 p.m. while having a shower in a bathroom downstairs of
his house in Chi Ork village, Kampong Thom province. Var Ny, 40, told police that
an unidentified man entered the bathroom and shot her husband in the head and chest
with an AK-47, then escaped on foot.
FEBRUARY 13: Khat Sokhan, 32, committed suicide by hanging himself from a
tree in the early morning behind his house in Teuk Saoy village, Kampong Speu province.
Police said Sokhan had a family crisis because his wife refused to reunite after
she left him during a violent argument two months ago.
FEBRUARY 13: Police took a student, Khun Sinarth, 24, to Preah Ketomealear
hospital for medical surgery after he was shot in a revenge attack at 8:20 p.m. He
was driving home on a motorbike on Norodom Boulevard in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom
Penh. Police said Sinarth was shot in the stomach by one of five people who escaped
in a car. Sinarth died later at the hospital.
FEBRUARY 13: A construction worker, Eang Sai, 32, was found hanging from the
roof of his cottage at 4:50 p.m. in Doeum Sleng village, Phnom Penh. Police said
the man was angry and hanged himself with a rope because his wife criticized his
behavior after he killed a dog for eating while drinking wine.
FEBRUARY 14: A 50-year-old woman, Seng Chheak, arrested her son, Chhun Sara,
25, and handed him to police for trial after he destroyed their house in Damrey Chornkhlar
village, Kampong Thom province. Chheak told police that Sara was angry and set fire
to the house after she refused to sell it for money to engage him with a neighbor
girl who he loved.
FEBRUARY 14: The body of a 20-year-old man, Sam Ol, 20, was found in a pit
at 6 a.m. in Khdey village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Ol committed suicide
by setting himself on fire because he left four messages on his bed mentioning that
he didn't want to live as he had been attacked by illness for a long time.
FEBRUARY 14: Police arrested Chin Sok, 38, after he committed a murder two
weeks ago in Thnal Bombek village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Sok killed
his brother, Chin Chea, 32, then he escaped. Chea was shot in the chest with an AK-47
during an argument and his body was later set on fire.
FEBRUARY 14: A moto-taxi driver, Nou Ra, 33, was sent to a provincial hospital
for medical treatment after being axed in an argument at 9 a.m. in Khnach Kakoh village,
Kampong Chhnang province. Police said Ra was chopped four times in the head by his
passenger, Noeun Pich, 44, who he had argued with while riding on the way home. Pich
was arrested after the assault.
FEBRUARY 15: Chin Chantha, 24, was taken to Calmette Hospital for treatment
after being knifed at 5 p.m. in Anlong Kaky village, Kampong Cham province. Police
said Chantha was stabbed in the stomach by his brother-in-law, Sopheak, 28, who was
arrested. Sopheak was angry because Chantha tried to stop him while he was torturing
his wife during an argument.
FEBRUARY 15: Phon Yim, 35, was found hanged at 9:30 p.m. at Angkor Chey guesthouse
in Psar Thmey 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Yim left a message that he committed
suicide because his friend cheated him of $2,100.
FEBRUARY 15: A military police officer, Puot Borey, 35, and a colleague, Soeun
Thy, 38, were accidentally shot dead during a beer-drinking session at 9:10 p.m.
at a karaoke shop in Damnak Smach village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Borey
took bullets out of a K-54 handgun but mistakenly left one. He then shot himself
in the head after Thy put his arms around his waist while drunk and the bullet passed
through into his friend's head.
FEBRUARY 16: Police killed a suspected robber and arrested five other accomplices
after they attempted to steal a motorbike at 4:20 p.m. in Olympic precinct, Phnom
Penh. Ouch Chitra, 19, said the robbers blocked his path and aimed a K-59 handgun
at him, then tried to escape on his motorbike.
FEBRUARY 16: Mean Sokun-thear, 33, was taken to a hospital for medical treatment
after being knifed during a robbery while asleep at midnight in Prek Thmey village,
Kandal province. Sokun-thear told police that a man forced open a door of his house
and chopped him three times with a heavy knife then escaped empty-handed after the
victim shouted for help to stop the thief.
FEBRUARY 17: Chan Vin, 16, was arrested after robbing a moto-taxi driver at
2:15 p.m. in Snoeng Koeut village, Battambang province. Sin Sinal, 21, said Vin asked
him to stop and chopped him four times with a heavy knife but then fled after the
victim called for help.
FEBRUARY 17: One person died and nine other people were injured after a grenade
exploded at midnight in Chambak Phaem village, Kampong Speu province. Police said
Eang Rith, 17, was slightly injured in the blast but was later killed with a knife
by another group of gangsters at a wedding party. He and his friends had argued with
the gangsters earlier in the night. Police arrested seven people after the incident.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun