APRIL 21: Police took Khieu Dany, 25, to a provincial hospital for treatment
after a soldier, Sok Samon, shot him in the leg with an AK-47 while dancing at midnight
in Trapaing Sdao village, Kampot province. A bystander said Samon became angry when
Dany took his hand and tried to get him to join in rock dancing. Samon escaped, but
police know he works at Sre Pring military headquarters.
APRIL 21: Motorbike taxi driver Yang Tao, 57, was chopped to death during
a robbery at 9:30am in Andong Neang village, Battambang province. Police said Tao
was struck many times on the back of his neck with a cleaver by one of two passengers,
Kau Roeun, 21, who stole Tao's motorbike and escaped on it. Police arrested Roeun
a day later.
APRIL 21: Opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) Secretary General Eng Chhay Eang
said party activist Koeut Chhuon, 46, was murdered in Yeang commune, Preah Vihear
province. Eang did not know the reason for the killing, but said Chhuon, the second
deputy village chief, was fatally gunned down with an AK-47 while he was working
at home at night.
APRIL 22: Song Chan, 26, was arrested after murdering his wife at 8:30pm in
O'Chroeu village, Pursat province. Police said Chan strangled his wife, Thou Ny,
18, during an argument and hung her body in a tree. Chan told police Ny had refused
to have sex with him since they married one month ago.
APRIL 22: Ym Yoeun, 42, died after being shot in the stomach with a crossbow
by his brother-in-law, Soth Sam, at 1:30pm in Veal village, Kampong Speu province.
Police said Yoeun was drunk and attempted to chop Sam with a heavy knife after Sam
tried to stop Yoeun fighting with his wife. Sam ran away, and police said Yoeun died
later after removing the arrowhead from his body by himself.
APRIL 23: Two gunmen escaped on a stolen motorbike belonging to San Socheat,
19, who was taken to a hospital after being wounded during the robbery in the early
morning in Boeng Kak commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police Socheat was shot
in the chest with a handgun as he tried to fight off the robbers.
APRIL 23: Ean Ear, 48, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after
his son, Ear Ang, 19, chopped both his arms off with a sword during an argument at
noon in Prey Chas village, Siem Reap province. Police said Ear was also struck once
on the shoulder. Ang was arrested by police and said he was angry because his father
struck him on the head with the handle of a hoe.
APRIL 23: Police are looking for Nuon Houn, 75, who ran away after killing
her husband, Heng Ngau, 85, when they argued around 11:15am in Phdach Prouth village,
Battambang province. Police said Ngau was stabbed twice in the chest with a knife
and died instantly while he and Houn were having lunch.
APRIL 23: Two bodyguards of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Poeu Chantha, 25, and
Ung Kong, 26, were shot dead with an AK-47 while arguing at midnight with Heng Kakada,
who works together at the navigation unit in Takhmau district, Kandal province. A
witness told a newspaper Kakada opened gunfire on Chantha and Kong then escaped with
his accomplice, Nop Vannak. The witness said the argument recurred after they all
returned to headquarters from a restaurant where they had fought over a beergirl
in the early evening.
APRIL 24: Koy Vanny, 25, was shot dead while trying to stop three people stealing
his chickens at midnight in Trapaing Koh village, Kampot province. Opposition Sam
Rainsy Party Secretary General Eng Chhay Eang said Vanny, who was a member of his
party, was shot twice with an M-16 rifle and died instantly.
APRIL 25: Chhay Seila, 23, a student at the National Institute of Management,
was robbed of his motorcycle at 7:30pm while driving down Sihanouk Boulevard in Veal
Vong commune, Phnom Penh. Seila said three robbers on a motorcycle blocked his path
and struck him on the head with the butt of a K-54 handgun, then one of them took
his bike and escaped.
APRIL 25: Yim Chea, 37, a brother of SRP parliamentarian Yim Sovan, was found
hanged at his house in Tuol Svay Prey 2 commune, Phnom Penh. Sovan would not let
police examine the body, but told them Chea had had a mental problem for a long time
and hanged himself. Sovan said Chea had recently survived another suicide attempt.
APRIL 25: Police are looking for Sal Hean after Sim Pisith accused him of
killing his wife, Rin Tum, 36, during a revenge attack at 8:05pm in Teuk Leach village,
Pursat province. Pisith told police Hean escaped after shooting dead his wife in
the chest and the arm with an AK-47. Pisith said Hean recently threatened to kill
him when he left prison after being in jail for one year for robbery. Hean was angry
as Pisith had informed on him to police.
APRIL 26: A 23-year-old beergirl, Kruy Mey, 23, was sent to Calmette Hospital
after one of four unknown men shot her at midnight at a karaoke parlor where she
worked in Depot 3 commune, Phnom Penh. A bystander said the four gunmen were angry
because Mey was late serving them ice.
APRIL 26: Police arrested Sor Dolar, 21, after he raped a five-year-old girl
the previous day in Prey Khle village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Dolar brought
the girl to his home and turned on a television for her to watch then raped her.
Police said the girl had been adopted by a grandmother because her parents were construction
workers in Phnom Penh.
APRIL 27: Se Samphoas, 21, was taken to Calmette Hospital after she attempted
suicide at a guesthouse in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. A neighbor said Samphoas
stabbed herself twice in the chest with a knife because she was angry with her boyfriend,
Chea Routhanak, 33, who had left her for another woman. Samphoas' mother said at
the hospital that she will complain to police if Routhanak does not come to solve
the problem with her daughter.
APRIL 27: Teuk Mao, 28, was arrested for raping and murdering a 13-year-old
girl, Ngoun Sila, the previous day in O'Choup Thmey village, Banteay Meanchey province.
Sin Narak Inspector of Mongkul Borei district, said Mao confessed that after raping
her he struck her on the head with a hoe then strangled her to stop her talking.
Provincial Commissioner Chhoeung Sokhom said Mao also raped an 11-year-old girl in
2004 but escaped to Thailand from where he had recently returned.
APRIL 28: Long Sambath, 27, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after
a group of gangsters injured him in a revenge attack while he was carrying two brothers
on a motorbike in Sen Sok village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Long Thea, 27,
who was also injured, said the gangsters blocked the path of their motorbike and
attacked them with a sword then escaped.
APRIL 29: Sun Bunna, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after being
shot during a nighttime robbery while carrying his girlfriend on a motorbike in Veal
Vong commune, Phnom Penh. His girlfriend told police that three unknown men on a
motorbike blocked the path of Bunna and one of them shot him once in the chest with
a K-54 then escaped on his bike.
APRIL 30: Phoung Reth, 53, and his wife, Thean Yarth, 49, were killed instantly
by lightning during a rain storm at 1:20pm in Koh Samrong commune, Kampong Siem district,
Kampong Cham province. Police said the couple were struck by lightning while getting
rainwater for their jar at home. Police said that on the same day lightning also
killed Krim Ngim, 35, an engineering soldier from Military Region 4 in Stung Trang
MAY 1: Prum Hoeun, 38, was found dead at a guesthouse in Cham Chao commune,
on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Hoeun, a construction worker from Romeas
Hek district, Svay Reang province, probably died from dizziness.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun