April 17: Kandal police arrested one of a group of more than 20 men suspected of gang raping four teenagers in the province’s Saang district. Nhik Ratha, 22, was allegedly part of a group who raped local garment factory workers aged 17 to 19. The group divided into four smaller groups, each taking away one woman to rape, police said. The attacks took place at 1am in Kon Chre village in Prek Ambil commune. Police said they have identified the other suspects and are closing in on them.
April 19: A karaoke singer was raped by eight men at 11pm in Sdav village in Se San district, Stung Treng province.
April 20: A 10-year-old girl was strangled to death after being raped at 10pm in Dang Run village, Banteay Neang commune, Mongkul Borey district, Banteay Meanchey province. District police chief Nut Ly said the girl’s body was found dumped in a pond and on April 21 local man Luch Koy, 22, was charged with her rape and murder. Koy told police he and the victim’s older brother, Chham Ra, had been drinking beer before he took Ra’s sister to a rice field to rape her. He also confessed to killing her and dumping in the pond.
April 20: Khat Tongly, 56, was beaten to death by his own son in the culmination of a witchcraft dispute in their village in Kampong Chhnang province. On April 22, police arrested Tob Sileng, 20, who said he fatally bashed his drunken father’s head with a bat because he was disappointed the family was not making friends in their home village, Prey Sampov, in Brasneb commune, Rolea Phaie district. Sileng said villagers did not like his family because they believed his father was involved in sorcery.
April 20: Four armed men on two motorbikes at 4:25pm robbed Sihanoukville gold trader Seng Min, 48, and his wife Kek Y, 45, at their home in the province’s Village 1, Khan Mittapheap. Min was seriously injured after being pistol-whipped, police said. About 500,000 riels, one mobile phone and 262.5 grams of platinum were taken.
April 20: Seventeen people, including three motorbike taxi drivers, were arrested in Phnom Penh by military police at 9:30am as the group prepared to buy drugs on Street 70 in Tuol Kork village, Khan Reussey Keo. Police seized eight motorbikes and 11 small packages of an unidentified drug during the raid. Arrested were: Som Ratha, 22; Uy Ramony, 25; Sok Chan, 21; Mao Sovan Udom, 18; Chhun Vanna, 18; Ath Sina, 19; Khun Narun, 27; Nhem Vidavan, 18; Chuon Chitra, 22; Neam Sokny, 21; Ech Dara, 18; Chhin Phala, 18; Sang Seila, 18; Math Moslim, 25; Dim Vath, 32; Him Ker, 25; and Nuon Channa, 25.
April 21: A 36-year-old Vietnamese woman, Vo Thynga, was arrested at Beong Chhouk Market in Battambang province and charged with drug possession. Police said the drugs – not identified – had been bought by Thynga in Phnom Penh and were for personal use.
April 21: Sin Sang, 38, of Chulsa commune, Takeo province, was arrested for the mid-afternoon rape of a woman in a liquor shop where he had spent the earlier part of the day drinking. Sang, a porter, told police he raped the woman, 40, because he was drunk.
April 24: Banteay Meanchey gold trader Huy Chavy, 47, was shot dead by two robbers who escaped on a motorbike with gold, platinum, and US and Thai currency worth more than $50,000. Police said the crime took place at 5:20pm on National Road 5 at Nimith 2 village, Nimith commune, Ochrov district, Banteay Meanchey province.
April 24: A 28-year-old porter, Bun Gek, found a white sack stuffed with $50,000 in counterfeit US banknotes near Pochentong train station in Phnom Penh. Gek tried to spend some of the money but his nervous behaviour attracted the attention of police who detained him for questioning.
April 25: A woman was shot while making coffee at her shop in Reussey Krok village, Mongkul Borey district, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said the victim, Chhor Sokhom, 31, was seriously injured in the 5:30am attack but would survive. Police noted that Sokhom was divorced and living with her father, Chhor Konghong, 60, who owned the coffee shop.
April 27: Police arrested a man for viciously assaulting a motorbike taxi driver in Krapeuo Ha village, Takhmao district, Kandal province. Police said Chorn Mom, 28, began “sawing” the neck of Chamreuon Ra, 35, during a robbery at 7am but was disturbed by a police patrol.