April 22: One person was killed and 32 wounded when a grenade exploded
in the dancing place in Kok Sro Lauv village, Kampong Cham province. So Van, believed
to be the man who dropped the grenade, was killed in the blast. The source said that
Van was very drunk and took the grenade from his waist and held it in his hand and
certainly the grenade dropped and exploded.
April 23: Kong Sam Ol, 38, was killed by Soth Him, 22, who cut him with
a knife three times during an argument about coconut shells that the victim threw
onto the offender's land. The incident took place at Tang Russey village, Kandal
April 23: Lim Ang Kang was found dead in front of Tep Rainsy pagoda in
Pou Mang Kol village, Kandal province. Police said the body had its arms tied, a
stick in its mouth and was shot with two bullets. Local newspapers wrote that Kang
was a kidnapper and that one of his accomplices, Yoeun Bros, was killed on April
22 when he exchange gunfire with police.
April 23: Oul Phally, 33, was killed by robbers who stole her motorcycle
on Street 318, Chamcarmon district. They shot her when she tried to speed up her
motorcycle to get away. The offenders escaped with Phally's motorcycle.
April 24: A thief was killed by a mob of people when he stole a cow from
Sror Mor village, Cheng Prey district, Kampong Cham.
April 25: The upper and the lower halves of a murdered woman were found
in two separate places in Phnom Penh. The lower half was found first in Toul Sang
Ke precinct, Tuol Kork district. The upper half was found the next day in House #449E1,
Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Psar Depo 3 precinct, Tuol Kork district. Most of the sources
suspected that the body was Chinese.
April 25: Pich Soeun, 54, a gold dealer, was killed by robbers who shot
six times into her body in an attempt to take a bag of gold that the victim did not
want to give to them at Preak Eng Market, Kandal province in the early morning. The
robbers escaped with 20 Damleng of gold, millions of riels and some US dollars.
April 27: Sman Romly and Som Nary, a 17-year-old dancing girl, were killed
by a gunman who shot them on the way to Pkay Meas Dancing Restaurant. The source
said that Heng Pov, the Romly's girlfriend, had an argument with Sina, the offender's
girlfriend. Later, Sina called to her boyfriend and he followed the victims' mototrcycle
and shot them dead. Heng Pov, who was also riding on the motorcycle when it was attacked,
said that the offender was shooting at her but missed and the bullets hit Som Nary
who sat behind her. Pov, who was not hurt, then shouted for help and escaped. The
April 28: Two people died and one was knocked unconscious after they jumped
into a well they wanted to dig more deeply near Tnal Torteng Market, Kampong Cham
province. The source said that the first team of workers agreed to dig the well,
but they could not finish. A second team came to check it, but they didn't agree,
and later a third team came to try to see the reason why the other two teams could
not finish the well. Unluckily, two of the four on the team were killed when they
arrived in the bottom and another one was saved because he had the safety wire tied
to his waist. The well was 8.8m deep and 1.7m wide.
April 30: Two robbers were killed by a mob of people and the militia at
Choum Chav precinct on the outskirts of Phnom Penh after they robbed a moto-taxi
driver who was hired from Phnom Prosith. The source said the robbers hit the moto-taxi
driver's neck and took the moto and sped away. But suddenly an angry crowd appeared
because they heard the cries of the victim.
April (no date): A cruel murderer, Chau Yong Hak, 41, was sentenced
to 15 years in prison and fined 10 Damleng of gold (about $4,500 worth) for
killing Phorn Chariya, 19, on Nov 22, 1996 in Mongkol Borei district, Banteay Meanchey
province. He cut her into pieces (arms, legs, neck and chest), put them into two
sacks and threw them in the river. Hak wanted to rob the victim's gold.
May 2: Sang Kim Leng, 32, the manager of the Boeung Kok photograph shop
and the owner of a video game arcade, was shot by unidentified gunmen who were riding
by on a motorcycle when Leng came down from his second wife's house and walked to
his car nearby on Street 174. The source said that this incident was prompted by
-Summarized from Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.