Police Blotter: 05 November 2004

Police Blotter: 05 November 2004


OCTOBER 22: Chea Bunneang, 37, a clerk at the provincial court of Kandal, was arrested after being accused of taking a bribe from Chea Routha, a Secretary of State at the Ministry of Water Resources. Routha told police Bunneang demanded $2,000 to drop a court case in which he had alleged an abuse of confidence. Bunneang was later freed after he wrote a letter of apology to Chea Routha. Routha said Bunneang begged her for the cash to pay for a medical bill as his son had been sick at home.

OCTOBER 22: A 41-year-old man, Dan Sopha, was found hanged from a tree at 7:00 p.m. in Thmar Prous village, Battambang province. Police said Sopha committed suicide after he argued with his mother in the early evening. Sopha was angry as his mother took back a pair of her cows that she had given him to farm on his own property.

OCTOBER 23: The body of Kim Yuon, 73, was found at a rice field two days after going missing in Trapaing Moul village, Sihanoukville. Police said Yuon was murdered with a heavy knife while looking for his family's water buffalos. Police arrested a neighbor, Chan Nara, 17, for questioning.

OCTOBER 23: A motodop driver, Chea Choeun, 23, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital for surgery in Phnom Penh after being shot during an attempted robbery at 6:30 pm in Ampil village, Prey Veng province. A witness told police Choeun was shot once in the chest with an AK-47 by two robbers who escaped empty-handed as they panicked and drove the bike into a nearby canal.

OCTOBER 23: Police arrested Chea Chin, 55, for rape, in Boeng Chumneang village, Battambang province. Police said Chin escaped to Barveal village after raping his 14-year-old step-daughter while she was cutting grass behind her house. The girl said Chin threatened to kill her whole family if she told her mother about the rape.

OCTOBER 24: A 43-year-old woman, Moung Chroeun, was found dead at 11 am at her home in Prey Tatung village, Kampot province. A neighbor told police the woman probably died from massive injuries after fighting with her brother-in-law during an argument over a land dispute. Police arrested her husband for questioning.

OCTOBER 24: Phauk Sokha, 21, was found hanged from the roof of his friend's house in Toul Svay Prey 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Sokha hanged himself with a nylon line after his mother refused to give him money to buy a motorbike. Sokha left a hand-written letter asking his mother to take care of his daughter after he died.

OCTOBER 24: A motodop driver, Pha Sophoan, 30, was shot and severely wounded during an argument at 7:30 pm in Tuol Kork village, Phnom Penh. Police said Sophoan was shot in the head with a hand-gun by his brother, Pha Sopheap, 36, who is a policeman. Sopheap was angry after Sophoan refused to lend him a motorbike. Sopheap was arrested while trying to escape.

OCTOBER 25: A group of gunmen escaped after they killed Sai Soeun, 21, and stole his motorbike at around 5:00 a.m. in Prey Tateung village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Soeun was shot in the chest with an AK-47 while carrying his wife to Chinan garment factory where she worked every day. His wife, Tak Sreymao, 20, was also shot in the chest and she later sent to Preah Kossamak hospital.

OCTOBER 26: Two gunmen escaped after robbing a motodop driver at 8:20 p.m. in Kandal village, Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Heng Sokha, 23, told police the robbers ordered him to stop and hit him on the head with the butt of a K-54 handgun then escaped on his motorbike.

OCTOBER 26: The provincial court of Prey Veng sentenced an 18-year-old man, Chhan Channa, to 15 years in prison and ordered him to pay $1,250 in compensation for the rape of a 6-year-old girl. Police said Channa lured the girl with promises of candy and then raped her behind his house. Channa denied the rape but when the judge gave him one more chance to confess before sentencing, he broke down and admitted the attack.

OCTOBER 27: Yon Savarth, 24, was beaten to death during a family argument at 7:30 pm in Kampong Cheng village, Battambang province. Police said Savarth was struck several times on the head and the neck with a steel bar while arguing with her husband, Chhon Phon, 32, who then escaped after committing the murder. Phon was angry as his wife denied him some money to pay for wine.

OCTOBER 27: At least one person died and seven others were severely injured during an argument at around 6:00 p.m. in Psar village, Takeo province. Police said Ken Hing, 60, was stabbed in the chest and chopped in the head after coming to help his wife, Hun Mao, 57, while she argued with their neighbors. Mao suffered head injuries and was sent to the hospital for treatment.

OCTOBER 28: Two people were arrested for a murder they committed two months ago in Thmar Daun village, Oddar Mean Chey province. Police said the suspects, Oeu Saro, 41, and Por Oeun, 40, killed a neighbor, Kim Sidy. Sidy was poisoned then strangled with a rope while buying a cigarette at Saro's house. Police said before the murder, Sidy complained that Saro had threatened to kill him.

OCTOBER 28: The body of an unidentified man was found in a forest about 30 meters from the hotel Prampi Chorn located in Prek Tup village, Sihanoukville. Police said the body wore a white T-shirt and Para-soldier trousers. He had been shot twice, in the ear and the temple, with a K-54 handgun. The reason of the murder was not known.

OCTOBER 29: Ung Mang, 64, was found dead near his motorbike in a rubber plantation field in Kandal village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Mang was murdered while driving from his house to Soung market where he worked as a motorbike vendor. Police suspect someone killed Mang and attempted to steal his bike.

OCTOBER 29: Pen Bora, 26, was knifed during an argument and later died in Svay Pang Angrang village, Kandal province. Police said Bora was stabbed in the waist by his friend, Seng Khlim, 27, who was drunk. Khlim was angry as Bora he hadn't helped him while arguing with other gangsters. Khlim was stabbed in the thigh with a spear during a nighttime dancing quarrel.

OCTOBER 30: Three gunmen escaped after committing a robbery in Piar Near village, Prey Veng province. Sim Sam, 41, told police the robbers entered his house and aimed at him with a K-54 handgun. Then they took a three-chi gold necklace, six-hun platinum earrings and 130,000 riel in cash.

OCTOBER 30: Srey Dar, 20, a karaoke worker, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital after being knifed at 6:30 pm in Trapaing Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. Nuon Ahtey, 21, told police her friend was stabbed six times by a woman identified as Srey Aun who then escaped after the attack. Srey Aun was angry after she learned Dar had been extra-love with her husband.

OCTOBER 30: Touch Sambath, 23, was arrested for a murder he committed five days earlier in O'Thmar Thom village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Sambath killed a motodop driver, Liav Sokyet, 45, and stole his bike. Sokyet was chopped in the head and had his throat cut with a heavy knife while he was carrying Sambath from Treng Trayoeung to the scene where his four accomplices were waiting.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap


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