DECEMBER 21: Sophea Vandy, 27, was sent to Calmette hospital after being
shot and wounded at midnight while eating noodles with his girlfriend at Thmar Da
restaurant in Phnom Penh. A witness told police that Vandy was shot in the waist
by Mau, 20. The men had argued after Vandy developed a relationship with Mau's girlfriend.
The shooter escaped.
DECEMBER 21: Two people died instantly during an accident at midnight while
driving on Route 4 in Kan Toak village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal. Police said the
victims, Sok Khoeun, 28, a security guard, and Nhim Trim, 30, a trainer from Kam
Baul Military Police Training Center, were drunk and drove into a parked truck.
DECEMBER 21: The body of a 43-year-old man, Chheang Khlauk, was found in
a river at 6:30 am in Lek Boun village, Koh Thom district, Kandal. Police said the
man drowned on his way home after drinking wine with his neighbors.
DECEMBER 21: Vinh Wong, 44, a captain from RCAF's Battalion 3, was killed
instantly at 6:30 pm in Prek Krauch village, Ek Phnom district, Battambang. Police
said Wong was shot with a B-40 rocket by his bodyguard, In Sokhom, 29, in a revenge
attack. Sokhom was later arrested after escaping to Sangke district.
DECEMBER 22: Choeun Bunnath, 22, died at Calmette Hospital after he was
beaten and severely injured while riding his motorbike at 7:30 pm in Prek Pra village,
Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was beaten on the neck with
a steel bar by one of six people who escaped on two motorbikes. Revenge is suspected
as his bike was not stolen.
DECEMBER 22: Khlaing Lak, 31, and Yu Routha, 42, died instantly after a
122mm bomb exploded at 11:30 am in Phnom Tauch village, Phnom Preuk district, Battambang.
Police said the bomb exploded after the victims tried to open it. Lak's brother,
Khlaing Vong, 28, died the following day after being sent to hospital in Thailand.
DECEMBER 23: Heng Thearak, 32, a moto-taxi driver, was sent to Calmette
Hospital for treatment after suddenly losing consciousness at around 3 am in Tumnop
Tuol Kork precinct, Phnom Penh. A doctor told police Thearak had been drugged with
sleeping pills as he drank three cans of beer given to him by his passenger who stole
DECEMBER 23: Rin Da, 31, a moto-taxi driver, was sent to Calmette Hospital
for treatment after he was severely injured during a night time robbery in Khtor
village, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the victim
was beaten on the back of the head with a steel pipe while parking his bike to collect
money from his two passengers. They then stole his bike.
DECEMBER 24: Young Siya, 20, a five-months pregnant woman, was sent to
Calmette Hospital after she was seriously injured at around 9 am in Psah Kandal 1
precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Siya was beaten and pushed down a flight of stairs
of a guest-house by her 44-year-old French husband. He was angry after she refused
to let him come in with a prostitute. He was arrested.
DECEMBER 25: A 2-year-old girl, Soly De, died in Kantha Bopha 1 Hospital
from head injuries after she was allegedly tortured the previous day in Tonle Bassac
commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the girl's adoptive mother, Keo Soly, 40, beat her
and hit her head against a wall after a fortune teller told her the girl was bringing
bad luck on the family. Soly was arrested.
DECEMBER 25: Priep Saman, 48, died in an accident at midnight while walking
on the footpath of Route 5 in Spien Khpos village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh.
Police said Saman, who worked at the National Bank of Cambodia, was hit by a car
while returning from a friend's house after a celebration. The driver ran away.
DECEMBER 25: Ith Sam Oeun, 54, was beaten to death at around 10 pm while
returning from a neighbor's party to his home in Rom Poeun village, Banteay Meas
district, Kampot. Police said the victim was beaten several times around the head
by Lim Tem, 64, who was having a relationship with Sam Oeun's wife, Chheung Soryong,
47. The two were later arrested.
DECEMBER 26: A 30-year-old man, Sok Thy, 30, was sent to the municipal
hospital for treatment after losing consciousness at 2:30 pm on the footpath of Route
6A in Prek Liep village, Mouk Kampoul district, Kandal. Doctors told police that
Thy, a moto-taxi driver, had been drugged with sleeping pills. His motorbike was
DECEMBER 26: A 3-year-old boy, Hin Hen, was beaten to death at around 10
am while his mother was harvesting in their ricefield in Ta Koum village, Ek Phnom
district, Battambang. Hen's mother, Pheap Ry, 37, told police that her son was beaten
several times on the head and the back by his stepfather, Prin Yeak, 38, who was
later arrested for murder.
DECEMBER 27: Pich Chan Pisith, 17, was sent to Calmette Hospital after
being knifed and severely injured during a quarrel at 3:30 pm in Srah Chak commune,
Phnom Penh. Police said Pisith was stabbed twice in the waist and back by his friend,
Sok Vannak, 17, who was angry after Pisith called him a dwarf. Vannak was arrested.
DECEMBER 27: A married couple, Nheuk Many, 49, and Nhok Kimhouy, 48, were
robbed of their jewelry at 6:30 am in O' Russei market precinct, Phnom Penh. Kimhouy
told police her husband was beaten on the head with a handgun and knocked off his
motorbike by two gunmen. They stole 40 damleung of gold before escaping.
DECEMBER 27: Pen Than, 40, a taxi driver, was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital
after being knifed and seriously injured during a family quarrel in Ta Nguon village,
Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said Than was stabbed in the chest and arm by
his wife, Neth, 38, who was protecting herself during a drunken attack by her husband.
DECEMBER 28: Ym Chomroeun, 28, died instantly during an accident at 10:30
pm while he was on his way home on a motorbike on Russian Federation Blvd in Teuk
Thla village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, an employee
at TV5, was hit by a Honda Sport driven by Keo Hien, 35, a military police. Hien,
who was drunk, was arrested.
DECEMBER 28: An 8-year-old girl was raped at around 7 pm in Kbal Koh village,
Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said the girl was persuaded to go to watch television
at a neighbor's house and raped by Ou Naroeun, 18. He was arrested after the victim's
family complained to the authorities.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun