Police Blotter: 04, July, 2003

Police Blotter: 04, July, 2003

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

illegal logging.

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



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