March 19: Five people were arrested by police under the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug department for the production and sale of drugs. The accused were arrested at #21B, Street 320 in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang III neighborhood.
March 19: A 12-year-old girl was killed while being robbed of her gold earrings at 5pm in Thnot village in Bantey Meas district, Kam Pot province. Police said the victim, Keam Samnang, had her neck broken and was dumped facedown in mud when she went to bring her cow from the field back home.
March 19: Three men were arrested by military police in Kratie Province on charges of attempted rape and robbery. The suspects are Say Vin, 33, Ly Sovannara, 25, and Suth Ramo, 18. A woman told police the three men covered her mouth and pulled her into a forest before removing her dress in order to rape her.
March 20: Police in Kampong Cham province are looking for local garage owner Meas “Ly” Cham Reatrey for questioning over an assault. Ly is accused of cutting off the two thumbs and two big toes of worker Kim Ne, 22, because Ne was two day’s late returning Ly’s motorbike. Police have arrested another worker at the garage, Yean Chantha, for helping Ly perform the gruesome task.
March 20: Heng Chhat, owner of Phsar Thmey in Thmor Kol district and a director of the CT Mex Import Export company, and his family were robbed at gunpoint in their home in Svay Chrom village, Thmor Kol district, Battambang province at 7:30pm. Police said there were five masked robbers armed with two AK-47s and a pistol. No one was hurt during the robbery, in which jewelry and money were taken.
March 22: Police arrested Sam Phan, 44, in Kam Rieng district, Battambang province, for drug distribution and seized 17 amphetamine pills after a manhunt lasting several days. Authorities found another 23 pills during a raid on the man’s home in Odan Leu village, Battambang province, the following day.
March 23: Police and an expert from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) were surprised to find counterfeit money inside a black case stored in a safe in a room at the Washington hotel in Phnom Penh. Officials initially suspected the case contained explosives. The 6th-floor hotel room was being rented by two foreigners. Police have been unable to identify the foreigners.
March 23: Two purse snatchers were arrested at 9:25pm in Sihanoukville after they stole a woman’s bag from outside a power plant. The arrested men were Phin Khen, 19, and Sim Tony, 18.
March 24: Two men were arrested in the Phnom Penh neighborhood of Daun Penh on suspicion of planning a robbery after being found by police with a pistol in their possession. Tep Phirun, 26, and Ok Chanbunnaren, 22, denied the charges when arrested on Street 13, saying the gun belonged to a friend who gave them the weapon as collateral until he could pay a $400 debt he owed them. Police said the suspects were lying.
March 24: Two owners of a gold shop in Pailin on the Thai border were robbed of more than $40,000 worth of goods by a group of gunmen armed with two AK-47s and two pistols. The victims – Tuoch San, 35, and his wife is Kry Sreyneang, 31 – were tied up and stripped of their jewelry during the robbery.
March 27: A man was arrested for raping his ex-wife at the home he continued to share with her in Angkanh village, Bakan district, Pursat province.
March 28: Disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov had his trial for the shooting of electricity worker Kim Daravuth postponed to allow him more time to organize his defense. Heng Pov requested Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Chhay Kong to allow him access to bank funds previously seized by authorities so that he may pay for a lawyer and his children’s school fees. Daravuth has shot in the neck but survived, although he is now permanently disabled. He has testified that the dispute started when Pov stopped paying his electricity bill.
March 29: One man was shot dead and another two injured by a group of about 10 robbers who opened fire on the men while carrying jewelry home from a gold shop in Kandal market, Phnom Penh. Fatally wounded gold trader Uk Chankosal and his bodyguards were attacked outside Uk Chankosal’s home on Street 348 in Chamkamon at 5:30pm.
March 29: Sim Mok was arrested for attempting to cut off another man’s head with an axe after the pair spent the day drinking together. The victim, Un Chon, 36, was seriously injured during the assault, which took place at 4:20pm in Odoun Nhean village, Prey Chhor district, Kampong Cham province. Un Chon suffered six wounds to his head as well as to the back of his hand.
April 1: Hundreds of people gathered to look at the body of a man who was killed, cut in two and dumped near a stone bridge by Street 5 in Prek Phnov commune, Punhea Leu district. Police said children found the body – severed through the waist – at 9am while collecting rubbish in the area. Police are still trying to identify the man but said he was about 30 years old and probably Chinese, because the dead body was white.