JUNE 21: Em Phalla, 30, was shot dead at 9:45 pm while on a motodop in Kampong
Loung village, Pursat province. The motodop driver, Nhim Poeu, told police that Khim
Heng, 39, a former soldier at Division 8, shot Phalla three times with a K-59 handgun
and then escaped. Poeu was also struck by a bullet during the attack. Police suspect
revenge was the motive as Phalla had informed police that Heng was involved with
JUNE 21: Koeut Yeak, 71, was robbed in Prey Kralong village, Phnom Kravanh
district, Pursat. Yeak told police that two robbers threatened her with a knife,
then slashed her forehead before stealing one chi of gold and 200,000 riel. Her 13-year-old
granddaughter was also beaten when she called for help. The attackers escaped.
JUNE 21: Three thieves stole a motorbike from Heng Yunem, 28, while she was
riding home at 4:10 pm in Russey village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Yunem told
police that the men blocked her path and threatened her with a handgun. They escaped
after stealing her bike, a platinum necklace, a telephone and 600,000 riel.
JUNE 21: Cow vendor, Mon Moeuy, 40, was shot dead at 8:30 am in front of his
house in Thnal Dach village, Thmar Pouk district, Banteay Meanchey. His wife, Chhoeun
Choat, 37, told police that an unidentified man entered the property and shot her
husband seven times with an AK-47 before escaping on foot. The motive for the killing
is not known.
JUNE 22: Kong Chantha, 37, and his girlfriend, Leap Veasna, 22, died in a
motorbike accident at 3:15 pm on National Road 2 in Prek Talong village, Meanchey
district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victims were hit by a small truck, which was
driven by Noeu Niv, 27. Niv, who lives in Boeung Veng village, Sihanoukville, was
arrested by police shortly after the accident.
JUNE 22: Police arrested Pan Heng, 41, a motorbike vendor, after he was accused
of buying four stolen motorbikes at his house in Boeung Salang commune, Phnom Penh.
A man informed the police that he had found his motorbike at Heng's house after being
robbed the previous day. Heng confessed to paying the robber up to $500 for each
stolen motorbike. Police confiscated the bikes and filed a complaint at the court.
JUNE 22: Poun Sam, 42, a member of the Sam Rainsy Party, was found dead in
a canal in Phdao village, Choeung Prey district, Kampong Cham. Police said his death
was probably accidental as Sam was drunk while riding his bicycle home near a canal.
But the SRP's secretary-general, Eng Chhay Eang, claimed that Sam-who had sustained
injuries to his neck-was murdered for political motives.
JUNE 23: Police arrested a 31-year-old fisherman, Sim Mao, for a murder committed
in Trapaing Ropoeu village, Kampot province. The man confessed to police that he
killed his neighbor, Em Sarat, 27, with a knife. Sarat was stabbed once in the chest
after he refused to drink more wine with Mao.
JUNE 23: Sowadh Sovichea, 42, was shot and wounded as he tried to evade arrest
after committing a robbery at 9:40 am in Mittapheap commune, Phnom Penh. Police said
Sovichea escaped in a car after he and his accomplice, San Thy, 40, tried to steal
a motorbike in front of Ly Lai restaurant. Police sent Sovichea to Preah Monivong
hospital for treatment and arrested San Thy for questioning.
JUNE 23: Kong Chak, 32, deputy chief of a police station in T'beng commune,
died instantly after two grenades exploded at 6:30 am in Kampong Svay district, Kampong
Thom. The provincial deputy inspector, Pen Chansorin, said Chak committed suicide
after a widow complained to police that Chak had raped her.
JUNE 24: Tea Vichany, a 42-year-old secondary school teacher, died in an accident
at 8:40 am while on a motodop on Tep Phan Boulevard in Psar Depot 1 commune, Phnom
Penh. A witness told police that Vichany was run over by a garbage truck after her
motodop collided with a cyclist. The truck driver, Vorn Pheap, 57, was arrested by
police shortly afterwards.
JUNE 24: Yem Chuon, 26, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after
he was knifed during an argument at 7:00 pm in Trapaing Saing village, Takeo province.
Police said Chuon was chopped twice as he tried to stop a fight between his brother
and a drunk man. The assailant escaped.
JUNE 24: Chang Chibear, 42, a Vietnamese national, was sent to Calmette Hospital
after acid was thrown in her face while she was riding a motodop at 9 pm in Psar
Doeum Kor commune, Phnom Penh. The woman told police that two unknown men threw the
acid at her and then escaped on a motorbike. Police suspect it was a revenge attack,
and said she was rumored to have been involved with a married man.
JUNE 25: Chhit Savorn, 20, was found dead at 7:30 am at his house in Chrey
village, Prey Veng province. His family told police that Savorn committed suicide
using insecticide after a family argument the previous night.
JUNE 26: Kum Ngeup, 46, a deputy village chief, was sent to the provincial
hospital for treatment after being axed at 7 am in Rolous Khangkoeut village, Krakor
district, Pursat. Police said Ngeup was chopped three times then set on fire with
gasoline by the village chief, Koy Hi, 53. It is thought that Hi, who escaped after
the axing, was jealous of Ngeup because he had been working harder for the Cambodian
People's Party's election campaign.
JUNE 26: Ly Tuoch, 23, a member of the Cambodian People's Party, was knifed
to death during a family fight at 6:30 pm in Chroy Sneng Krabei village, Prek Prasop
district, Kratie. Police said the man was attacked by his 23-year-old wife, a Funcinpec
member, because he prevented her from attending an election campaign. His wife, Tuoch
Rin, was arrested.
JUNE 27: Sim Von, 34, was sent to the provincial hospital after he was shot
with an AK-47 rifle at his farm in Sre Loeu village, O'Chroeu district, Sihanoukville.
Her husband, Chin Neth, 46, told police that two unidentified men shot his wife twice
at 5.45 pm, then escaped. Neth said the gunmen had recently demanded money and threatened
to kill him.
JUNE 27: Sim Vuthy, 20, was severely injured during an argument in Ta Nguon
village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Vuthy was
chopped in the head by his friend, Lim Visa, 23, during an argument about money.
Visa was arrested.
JUNE 27: Kim Sophorn, 17, died from severe injuries on the way to the provincial
hospital at 9:30 pm in Koh Tauch village, Kampot province. Her friend, Sophea, told
police that a man raped then tried to murder Sophorn, who had been fishing for shrimp
on the coast. The killer escaped, but was identified as her neighbor.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun