FEBRUARY 16: Kong Tai, 22, a Vietnamese citizen, was found dead at 1pm
in his bathroom in Psah Doeum Kor commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Tai, the nephew
of a local fruit vendor, had had his throat cut by three Vietnamese workers, who
then stole his handphone. The police are searching for the suspects.
FEBRUARY 16: The body of a 21-year-old man, Chuon Cheang, was found on
Route 6A in Koh Rokar village, Muk Kampoul district, Kandal. Police said Cheang was
probably hit by a vehicle as he crossed the street while drunk.
FEBRUARY 17: Nhien Sothy, 17, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment
after he was severely wounded at midnight in Anlong Ron village, Thmar Kaul district,
Battambang. Police said Sothy, an orphan who was staying with his brother, shot himself
in the groin with a homemade gun while trying to catch a rat in a rice field.
FEBRUARY 17: Mao Theary, 22, was shot dead while riding his motorbike with
friends on their way to a midnight festival in Trapaing Thmar village, Kampong Siem
district, Kampong Cham. An eyewitness told police Theary was shot in the stomach
with an AK-47 by Or Sienghou, deputy police chief of Kra La commune. Sienghou escaped
after the shooting.
FEBRUARY 17: Chieng Sophal, 48, was knifed to death in Ror Veang village,
Choeung Prey district, Kampong Cham. Police said Sophal, a district planning office
manager, was chopped seven times from behind while getting into his friend's car.
Huon Thau, 33, a soldier, was later arrested. He had earlier argued with Sophal at
a dance hall.
FEBRUARY 18: A 16-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of a rape committed
two weeks earlier in Phnom Penh. Police said the family of the victim, a 14-year-old
girl, complained that she was raped after being held for a week at the Bun Pao Guesthouse
in Boeung Raing precinct. The alleged rapist was set free after his family paid $1,000
to the victim.
FEBRUARY 18: A 13-year-old girl was raped at the riverside in Autras Chas
village, Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. Police said the victim told them that
Long Siem, 33, persuaded her to go fishing 3 kilometers from her village, then raped
her after handing over 6,000 riel. He was later arrested.
FEBRUARY 19: Un Soda, 27, was arrested for attempted murder at 2pm in Tuol
Sangke village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Soda's 58-year-old stepfather,
Ros Saren, complained Soda had threatened to kill him with a knife. Saren had earlier
criticized him as a drunk when he came across him drinking wine with his friends.
FEBRUARY 19: Choeun Sarin, 38, was arrested for a domestic violence offense
in Pang Ror village, Dangkor district on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said
Sarin's wife, Ym Muon, 38, told police she was beaten and knocked down during a quarrel
after she refused to sell her land. The argument came about after Sarin said he was
leaving her for another woman.
FEBRUARY 19: Chey Sokhom, 32, a soldier from Unit 70E, was shot and wounded
during a fight at a drinking establishment at 9:30pm in Psah Depot 3 precinct, Phnom
Penh. Police said Sokhom was shot in the thigh by Pen Chivorn, 28, a soldier based
at the Ministry of Defense, who was also wounded. Chivorn was angry after Sokhom
falsely said he was HIV-positive.
FEBRUARY 19: Yim Rithy, 17, was robbed while riding his motorbike at 6:30pm
on 122 Street in Psah Depot 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Rithy told police that three
people on a motorbike blocked him and hit him on the back of the head with a handgun.
They shot several times into the air, then stole his bike and escaped.
FEBRUARY 19: Hok Chea, 45, was shot dead at 1:45pm at his villa in Mondul
2 village, Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. His cleaner told police that Chea,
a guest-house owner from Kampong Trach district, Kampot province, was shot twice
with a K-54 handgun by two men while discussing rental terms with them. Police said
the two were probably hired killers.
FEBRUARY 19: Meas Chhem, 25, a construction worker, was sent to the Russian
Hospital after he was severely injured in a quarrel at a coffeeshop at 10:30pm in
Boeung Keng Kang 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Chhem was beaten on the head
with a stick by fellow-workers, San Kia, 29, and San Thea, 26, who were later arrested.
Kia was angry that Chhem had accidentally stepped on his foot.
FEBRUARY 20: Hong Chea, 31, was beaten nearly to death after trying to
steal a motorbike at 11:45am in Olympic commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Chea was
beaten by a mob after motorbike owner Srey Ti, 28, shouted for help to stop the thief.
Chea was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital for treatment after being handed over to
FEBRUARY 20: A 50-year-old woman, Hong Nget, was found hanging at 4:30pm
in her kitchen in Psah Depot 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Nget, who was married
with four children, hanged herself with a krama after battling a long illness.
FEBRUARY 21: Kouk Lieng, 42, a manager of a road construction company in
Kratie province, was robbed while in a car outside his guesthouse at 3pm in Boeung
Pralit commune, Phnom Penh. Lieng told police that two people on a motorbike took
aim at him with a handgun and stole his bag containing $20,308 after he had come
back from Canadia Bank.
FEBRUARY 21: Mao Poeu, 34, was sent to Preah Sihanouk Hospital after he
was beaten nearly to death at 4pm in Psah Doeum Thkau precinct, Phnom Penh. Police
said Poeu, a moto-taxi driver from Boeung Deng village, Svay Rieng province, was
beaten by a passerby after the parents of a child he had knocked over shouted out
that he was a thief.
FEBRUARY 22: Chan Tha, 44, died instantly in an accident at 7pm in downtown
Sihanoukville. Police said Tha, a taxi-driver's assistant from Phnom Penh, died after
paying 1,000 riel to traffic police. When he went back to the taxi, the driver took
off before he found his footing, causing Tha to fall underneath the rear wheel.
FEBRUARY 22: Nang Vannak, 25, a moto-taxi driver, was knifed and seriously
injured during an attempted robbery at 8pm in Psah Depot 1 precinct, Tuol Kork district,
Phnom Penh. Police said the victim's passenger, Sao Loy, 19, cut Vannak's throat.
Loy was later arrested.
FEBRUARY 23: A 12-year-old girl was raped while returning at midnight from
watching a play in Koh Chomroeun village, Leuk Dek district, Kandal. Police said
the girl was raped by three men who threatened to kill her if she told her parents.
Sam Rin, 20, one of the alleged rapists, was later arrested.
FEBRUARY 23: A 7-year-old boy, Noeu Nhep, was found dead in a lotus lake
at 2:15pm in Tuol Sakor village, Onhea Leu district, Kandal. Police said Nhep, the
son of Nean Eang and Te Phanna, had been stabbed ten times with a knife by an 11-year-old
boy who was angry at being hit during an argument about dividing lotus fruit. The
11-year-old was arrested.
FEBRUARY 25: A skull was found in a drainage pipe in Psah Thmei 1 precinct
on the corner of Street 118 and Norodom Blvd. Because of its poor condition it is
believed to be that of someone executed during the Pol Pot regime. The skull is being
kept at Wat Sarawan.
ñTranslated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap