APRIL 22: Mok Sopheak, 23, a student at the National Institute for Management,
was shot dead at 8:45 p.m. while riding with his girlfriend on his motorbike on Preah
Sisowath Boulevard in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Sopheak was shot
once in chest with a K-54 handgun by two robbers who escaped on his bike.
APRIL 22: A car smuggling gasoline failed to stop after colliding with a motorbike
ridden by three people at 7:30 p.m. on National Road 1 in Kraing Khaok village, Prey
Veng province. A passer-by told police that the car hit the bike from behind while
driving fast from the province to the city. Police said Chhen Saloun, 22, died later
at a hospital and his two accompanies were severely injured.
APRIL 23: Noeun Sopheak, 25, was sent to a private clinic after being knifed
while returning home from a dance at a wedding party in Prek Chreyloeu village, Prey
Veng province. Sopheak told police that a man chopped him twice from behind with
a heavy knife and then ran away. Police suspect revenge was the reason because Sopheak
had recently argued with some people.
APRIL 23: Police are looking for Pao Aim, 32, who escaped after killing his
brother-in-law, Soy Tith, 20, during an argument at 7:30 p.m. in Tar Korm village,
Takeo province. A witness told police that Aim knocked Tith down with a blow to the
head with a bamboo stick and stabbed him four times in the neck before escaping.
Police said Aim was angry because Tith never helped his wife with homework.
APRIL 24: Police arrested a Vietnamese masseuse, Nguyen Chimeth, 21, after
she knifed a Chinese national, Chhin Koukhong, 40, at around 8 p.m. at a massage
shop in Tar Phol village, Siem Reap province. The woman told police she was angry
and chopped Koukhong twice with a heavy knife because he had punched her four times
in the face when she refused to have sex with him.
APRIL 25: Police took Din Vanhun, 23, to Calmette Hospital for surgery after
he was shot in a nighttime robbery while speaking on his mobile phone in Psar Thmey
3 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that the two robbers shot Vanhun in
the groin as they tried to run away after attempting to steal his phone. The robbers
escaped on a motorbike.
APRIL 26: Keo Sitha, 19, complained to police after she was raped at midnight
while returning home from Diamond Star Karaoke shop where she worked as a singer
in Psar Depot 3 commune, Phnom Penh. Sitha told police that a man asked her to get
in his car then raped her. Sitha said the man pushed her out of the car, taking her
mobile phone and underwear.
APRIL 26: Police killed a man and arrested two other people on suspicion they
were about to commit a robbery in Veal Vong commune, Phnom Penh. The three men were
following a car on a motorbike when police asked them to stop. They took off, shooting
at police. One of the men, Rous Savuth, 42, a soldier who worked in Military Region
3, was fatally shot, said police. Police confiscated a K-59 handgun and two K-54
handguns for evidence from Channy, 22, and Moeun Socheat, 38, who both confessed
that they were planning to rob the car owner.
APRIL 27: Kandal provincial court sentenced You Samarth, 35, to 18 years in
prison for killing his 6-week-old baby in September last year in Sanlong commune.
Presiding judge Kong Kuy said Samarth, who was a construction worker and moto-taxi
driver, punched his baby to death. He put the child's body inside a suitcase and
left it in front of his in-laws' house. Samarth had alleged his wife was unfaithful
and had demanded $800 from her parents to cover wedding debts. They had refused.
APRIL 27: A 5-year-old girl was sent to hospital for medical treatment after
being raped in Trapaing Ampil village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said the
girl had not told her mother, but her mother found out from other children who alleged
that a 13-year-old boy, Ol Em, raped her daughter.
APRIL 28: A car mechanic, Var Hon, 23, was found dead at 8:30 a.m. at a garage
in Kien Khlaing village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Hon was strangled
with a rope and his throat had been cut with a knife while asleep at the garage the
previous night. Police said robbery was the motive because his motorbike had been
APRIL 28: Three people were killed during a heavy afternoon storm in the Chhoeu
Tom commune, Pursat province. Police said a man, Sok Ly, 44, and two women, In Preap,
22, and Mat Sreymom, 15, were struck by lightning and died instantly during the first
rain of the season. Police also said 17 wooden houses were damaged in three different
APRIL 29: A Swiss national, identified as Nionel, 21, was found dead at noon
at Cafe Freedom guesthouse in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Nionel died
from a drug overdose because some white powder, syringes and marijuana were found
in his room.
APRIL 30: A prisoner, Ek Khol, 29, was beaten to death with a stick while
sleeping in a hammock at Sihanoukville prison. Provincial judge Sok Soeun said Khol
was killed with by another prisoner, Pauch Mon, 26. Police said both of the prisoners
were arrested in February and waiting for trial. Police said Mon killed Khol in an
attempt to create turmoil and escape from the prison.
MAY 1: Ouch Sereyvuth, 34, a Ministry of Interior policeman, killed his friend,
Mao Sopheap, 26, at midnight at a karaoke shop in Boeng Kak 2 commune, Phnom Penh,
said police. A witness told police that Sereyvuth shot the man with a K-59 handgun
after Sopheap tried to stop him leaving without sharing the cost of their drinks.
Sereyvuth escaped on a motorbike.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun