Police Blotter: 10 March 2006

Police Blotter: 10 March 2006

FEBRUARY 25: A Thai soldier wounded a Khmer, Men Khan, 24, who was crossing the border to Thailand to look for a job in Kham Phich village in Thailand's Sakeo province. Sreng Sokha, a deputy chief of Sampov Loon district police, said the soldier shot Khan twice, in the waist and the thigh, with a rifle and said he was crossing the border illegally.

FEBRUARY 25: Chai Phen, 19, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after being stabbed three times with a knife while arguing with her husband, Seng Chek, 19, in Prey Thnang commune, Kampot province. Police said Chek later attempted suicide with insecticide. Police said the couple, who had married two weeks earlier, had been having a jealous argument.

FEBRUARY 25: Seng Chheang, 35, was knifed and severely injured during a land dispute in So Tich commune, Kampong Cham province. Police said Chheang was chopped twice while arguing with a neighbor, Channa, 30, after Channa removed a boundary of Chheang's cashew field and started to build a new boundary to take part of his land.

FEBRUARY 26: A beer girl, Yin Samphoas, 26, died at Russian Hospital after overdosing on a drug that police said she took with four friends about 3pm in Depot 2 commune, Phnom Penh.

FEBRUARY 26: A 14-year-old girl was raped at midnight in Siha village, Bati district, Takeo province. The girl came to police and said that while she had been watching a dance at a neighbor's wedding party, two unknown men brought her to a nearby primary school where they raped her. The girl said one of the men, named Sopheak, threatened to kill her if she did not submit to the rape.

FEBRUARY 27: Sem Theavy, 24, was attacked with heavy knives as he arrived home at 10:15pm in Trach Toal village, Kandal province. A witness said five people chopped Theavy many times then escaped on two motorbikes. The witness said one of the assailants, identified as Keo Sovannarith, had argued with Theavy at a drinking shop early in the evening.

FEBRUARY 28: Police examined the body of a motorbike taxi driver, Phay Sophoeun, 22, who was axed to death in a robbery the previous night in Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. A witness told police that Sophoeun had been seen carrying a woman from a bar before the murder. Police are looking for the woman as she was suspected of involvement in the murder.

FEBRUARY 28: A lottery vendor, Chea Hour, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after being shot during a revenge attack around 2pm in Mittapheap commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that one of three men shot Hour once in the chest with a handgun then they escaped on a motorbike. Police later arrested one of the three gunmen, Yim Vuthy, 23.

FEBRUARY 28: A poor farmer, Long Kun, 74, was murdered at home at 9pm while his wife was watching TV at a neighbor's house in Chan Loang village, Siem Reap province. Police said Kun died from head injuries after being struck with a hammer by someone who left a letter saying, "I have been attempting to kill you and your wife since a long time ago. I have paid you back with a five-year revenge."

FEBRUARY 28: Police are looking for Hour Heng, 37, who escaped after killing a neighbor, Touch Tan, 40, at 5:10pm in Tuol Sophy village, Kandal province. A bystander told police that Tan died instantly after Heng chopped him in the neck with a heavy knife. The bystander said Heng was angry after Tan's wife slapped Heng's wife in the face because of an argument between their children.

FEBRUARY 28: Wang Vin, 20, was stabbed to death during a family argument around 10pm in Dang Anteak village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Vin was stabbed in the throat by his drunken step-father, Chhoeun Thim, 32, who escaped. A neighbor told police that Thim was angry after Vin tried to stop an argument between him and his mother.

MARCH 1: Choup Thea, 39, a body-guard of Prime Minister's advisor Om Yentieng, committed suicide around 10pm in Tumnop Teuk commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police Thea shot himself in the head with a QSZ 92.9 handgun after talking on his telephone to someone. Police said Thea had been scheduled to marry soon.

MARCH 1: Cheas Choeun, 43, a commune police chief, was sent to Chantrea Vuth clinic after being shot during a robbery at 10:25am in Chhouk Thom village, Kandal province. Choeun said six robbers with two AK-47s and handguns opened fire on him while he was riding a motorbike and patrolling with his commune chief, Phan Moeun, 47, who was also wounded.

MARCH 1: Police arrested Lai Veng, 22, and Tan Linh, 21, while they were trying to rob a motorbike taxi driver, Sun Channy, 24, at 9:15pm in Boeng Krapeu village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police said Veng was shot in the thigh and wounded while trying to evade arrest after attacking Channy with a heavy knife.

MARCH 2: Lep Keo, 36, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment for attempted suicide at 2:30pm after killing his wife, Laun Man, 30, in Chrey Pi village, Battambang province. Police said Keo cut his neck with a knife after he axed Man in the head and cut her throat with a knife during a jealous argument.

MARCH 2: Thorng Routha, 42, a construction manager, was knifed and severely injured during an argument at 1:30pm in Damnak Trayoeng village, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said Routha was chopped in the head by his three workers, who were angry after he refused to pay them. Police arrested the three workers and filed a complaint to send them to court.

MARCH 3: Police arrested Chea Sothea, 25, who injured his wife, Ken Sinarth, 22, two days earlier in Angkor Svay village, Svay Reang province. Police said Sinarth, who was pregnant, was sent to a provincial hospital after Sothea knocked her down while arguing over 100 riel. Sinarth said Sothea gave her 500 riel to buy a 100-riel ice-cream, but she returned only 300 riel because she took 100 riel and bought an ice-cream for her younger brother as well.

MARCH 4: Police are looking for Sok Kinal, 33, who was suspected of killing a neighbor, Prich Veasna, 34, at 10:30pm in Prek Treng village, Kandal province. Police said Kinal killed Veasna with a stick while they walked home after arguing at a drinking session earlier in the evening.

MARCH 4: Chhay Nouch, 40, a soldier at a provincial military unit, was found hanging from a mango tree at 5:30am in Kauk Chak village, Siem Reap province. Police said Nouch hanged himself with a belt the previous night after he was fired from Angkor Borei Hotel where he worked part time as a guard.

MARCH 5: Police are looking for Arth Kosal and his friends after they attacked Chhin Pheap, 33, with a sword during a nighttime dancing argument in Sambou Meas commune, Kandal province. Police said Arth chopped Pheap in the head then ran away with his friends. Pheap was sent to Calmette Hospital.

MARCH 5: Ke Sothea, 22, was found dead in the early morning behind his house in Thmey village, Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. Police said Sothea was stabbed in the back with a knife and one arm was cut off while he walked home from a brothel where he had argued with a group of people the previous night.

MARCH 6: Police found the body of a 12-year-old girl, Vorn Sok Eng, in a forest after she went missing two days earlier in Chhouk village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Sok Eng was murdered by someone who raped her while she was collecting firewood. Police said the killer could be a neighbor because he destroyed her eyes to keep her silent.

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


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