JULY 22: Pen Vuthy, 33, was shot dead by her husband with an AK-47 rifle
at her home in her village, Kilometer Number 4, Poipet commune, Banteay Meanchey
province. Duong Vanna, 38, alias Nha, confessed to the district police that he and
his cousin were drinking wine on the house and that he had shot his wife after accusing
her of having a love affair with another man. O' Chrove district police chief Colonel
Roath Srieng said they arrested the two and found drugs. Vanna was a former espionage
soldier in Division 12.
JULY 22: San Kim Long, 56, hanged himself from a mango tree in his backyard
in Kamchai Mea district, Prey Veng province. The police suspect suicide, saying they
did not find any scars or evidence of torture on his body. Sreng Heang, Long's wife,
said he had complained for a month that he owed a lot of money and had tried several
times to kill himself. Heang found him hanging from the tree in the morning.
JULY 23: Miss Eum, 22, a garment worker, died instantly from head injuries
after falling from her friend's motorbike along route 6A. The friend said Eum fell
asleep on the back of the bike while driving back from a seven-day funeral ceremony
in Srey Santhor district, Kampong Cham province.
JULY 23: Three members of a family died from injuries and three others
were seriously injured while crushing a 120mm mortar rocket for scrap metal at their
shop near Kampong Speu provincial market at midday. The three died shortly after
they were sent to the provincial hospital. A policeman saw them crushing the rocket
and asked them to stop immediately, but they did not listen. He was also injured.
JULY 23: Eleven garment workers died and nine others were seriously injured
in a truck accident at a bridge on national route 3 in Teuk Thla village, Dangkor
district, at 9.30pm. The police said the accident was caused by the driver, Meuy
Nimol, 19, driving carelessly. The truck crashed over the bridge's barrier and fell
into the river.
JULY 23: Yum Sambo, 38-year- old police chief of Kob commune, Ochrouv,
Banteay Meanchey, shot himself with an AK-47 in his office after losing about 100
family registration books, worth around $2.50 each. You Deth, a policeman in the
district, said that after hearing a shot other policemen rushed to the office where
they found the police chief with serious head injuries. He died shortly after arriving
at the hospital.
JULY 23: Sok Sophat, 37, a policeman, shot himself in the chest with two
rounds of his AK-47 rifle at the Koh Kong provincial police station, where he worked.
The police said Sophat committed suicide because he was frustrated that his wife
had run away.
JULY 24: Nal Sinath, 27, a moto-dup driver, was knifed to death by a boyfriend
of his Vietnamese girlfriend after he threw shoes at her in front of a karaoke parlour
in Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamcar Morn, Phnom Penh. The police said the
victim was stabbed in the abdomen by Thy, who later escaped. Sinath was sent to a
Phnom Penh hospital, but died later.
JULY 24: The torso of an unidentified male was found floating in a river
in Prey Veng province. The Kampong Liev district police said the victim was a 20-year-old
man who had been killed a week earlier. They found an iron bar tied to the man, and
said that robbery was the likely motive.
JULY 24: Four members of a family were kidnapped in the early morning by
a group of kidnappers while sleeping in their house in Sra Nge village, Balang commune,
Baray district, Kam-pong.The police said five people armed with two AK-47 rifles
entered the house while the ocupants were sleeping. The kidnappers escorted them
to a durian orchard outside the village and demanded a ransom of three million riels.
Relatives of the family had only 300,000 riels which they borrowed. The police saved
the hostages while they were exchanging money with the kidnappers, who escaped into
JULY 24: Peou Lai, 77, was axed to death by an unknown person at his wooden
house in Trapeang Ktom, Svay Chachep commune, Kampong Speu province. The Borseth
district military police said he was struck in the neck while lighting a fire under
his bed to keep warm. The villagers claimed the man was killed because he knew sorcery.
The killer escaped.
JULY 25: Two farmers were shot and wounded by robbers in Kean Svay district,
Kandal province, while returning by motorbike from hospital. Ek Vannak, 35, and Som
Savy, 21, are in-laws and live in Kean Svay district. The assailants, who were riding
a motorbike, asked the two to stop and then pulled out a pistol and shot them. The
two were sent to Calmette hospital. The gunmen escaped.
JULY 26: Ruos Von, 45, a real estate businessman, was shot dead by a group
of 10 robbers with AK-47 rifles at 8pm after refusing to tell them the location of
$20,000 he had made from selling his land. His wife, Bo Sam Ath, 43, and their two
children were tied and beaten, sustaining serious injuries. Before the robbers escaped,
they stole a plan for a plot of land, 2.5 damlung of gold and 30,000 riels. The incident
took place at Prek Treng, Samrong Thom commune, Kien Svay district, Kandal province.
JULY 26: In Nuon, 51, a chicken seller in Thnol Chey village, Prey Veng
district, Prey Veng province, was beaten by six robbers at 8.15pm. The robbers asked
him at gunpoint if he had a hidden weapon in his house. He was beaten by a robber
with a stick while he was screaming for help. The robbers took 95,000 riels and escaped.
JULY 27: Thai Nguon, 20, was robbed of his Viva motorbike by two men in
front of his house in Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang 3, Khan Chamcar Mon, while returning
from the New York English school. Thai Nguon gave the men his motorbike to avoid
being shot. The robbers escaped.
JULY 27: Seng Vannarith, 22, was axed to death in a dispute by unidentified
persons in the Borei Keila squatter camp, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan Prampi Makara.
The police said Vannarith, who had previously been arrested by police on petty theft,
was killed by his friends, who are burglars. The police are searching for the criminals.
JULY 28: Sak Theara, 19, a moto-dup driver, was axed and robbed of his
motorbike. He said a well-dressed man disguised himself as a client by offering him
3,500 riel to go to Taing Krasang pagoda from Prampi Makara market. When he arrived
at the destination, the man pulled out an axe and chopped him on the head. He was
seriously injured. The robber escaped, but left the motorbike behind.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu chea by