MARCH 28: Tep Tha, 52, a demobilized soldier, was axed to death during a night-time
robbery in Tuol Chranang village, Banon district, Battambang. Police said Tha, a
part-time motodop driver, was chopped several times in the neck and head by his passenger,
who stole his bike.
MARCH 28: Sang Chheng, 24, was knifed to death in a revenge attack at 7 pm
in Chey Chauk village, Borey Chulasa district, Takeo. Police said Chheng was stabbed
once in the stomach by his neighbor, Pha Thy, 21, with whom he had argued while drinking
wine three days earlier. Police filed an arrest warrant for Thy, who escaped after
MARCH 28: A 35-year-old woman, Ly Sophea, was sent to the Visal Sok Clinic
for treatment after being knifed at 10 pm in O'Takorm village, Tuol Taek district,
Battambang. Police said she was knocked down and stabbed in the face by Touch Sakhan,
26. He was drunk and became angry after she asked him to repay 150,000 riel that
he owes her. Police arrested Sakhan.
MARCH 29: Seventeen-year-old Chea Bopha, an employee at the Lazy Gecko Cafe in
Phnom Penh, committed suicide at 5:30 am at her house in Srah Chak commune. Her father,
Chea San, 54, told police that she had slashed her wrists and cut her own throat
after her friend accused her of stealing $40 from the restaurant's owner.
MARCH 30: Srin Tan, 26, died in Calmette Hospital after he was shot at 10:45
pm while he and four friends were leaving a restaurant on 154 Street in Chey Chumnas
commune, Phnom Penh. Kong Vongtharoat, 25, told police that Tan was shot three times
by an unidentified man with whom he had recently argued. Kep Thanit, 26, was also
shot and wounded in the incident.
MARCH 30: Hay Srieng, 56, a member of the Cambodian People's Party, was axed
to death at 6:30 pm while riding his bicycle to a field in Prek Romdeng village,
Koh Sotin district, Kampong Cham. Police said the motive for the killing was not
known, but said Srieng had been chopped in the neck by an unidentified man who then
MARCH 31: Thouch Bunthoeun, 40, a policeman at the Ministry of Interior, was
found stabbed to death in the early morning near his house in Trapaing Por village,
Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. The police said it was likely a revenge attack rather
than a robbery as Bunthoeun was very poor.
MARCH 31: Yem Somaly, 31, and his sister, Yem Serisela, 21, were axed to death
in a revenge attack at 7:45 pm at their house in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh.
A 5-year-old relative told police that his cousin, Seng Sunheng, 19, and another
man Vong Vanthiv, 20, were guilty. The child survived despite Sunheng's attempt to
drown him in a water jar. The men were later arrested.
APRIL 1: Chey Komsan, 30, a member of the Flying Tigers police unit in
Daun Penh district, was gunned down at 9:10 pm while driving a motorbike on Norodom
Boulevard in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police two unidentified
men shot him in the head with a K-54 handgun before escaping on a motorbike. Police
said a drug vendor was likely involved as Komsan had recently confiscated some narcotics.
APRIL 1: Kong Davin, 23, a worker at the New Star Shoe Factory was shot dead
in a presumed revenge attack after returning home at 10:30 pm in Mondul 1 precinct,
Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. A witness told police that two unidentified men
shot him in the waist and shoulder with an AK-47 before fleeing on a motorbike.
APRIL 1: Roeung Lay, 73, was shot dead during a robbery at 10:10 am in Tien
Kam village, Preah Netpreah district, Banteay Meanchey. Police said he was shot nine
times with an AK-47 by three men who stole two damleung of gold and 20,000 baht in
cash. His son, Len Sotum, 38, was beaten on the head and severely injured after trying
to help his father.
APRIL 2: Chhim Bunleng, 35, was sent to Calmette Hospital for surgery after
being shot in a presumed revenge attack at 5 pm while parking his motorbike to buy
gasoline on Norodom Boulevard in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Witnesses said
a masked gunman shot him three times in the arm before escaping on a motorbike driven
by an accomplice.
APRIL 2: Rous Routhanak, 21, a student at the National Institute of Management
was robbed of his motorbike at 10:30 pm while sitting with his girlfriend on the
riverside near the Chaktomuk Theater in Phnom Penh. Routhanak told police that two
robbers threatened him, then struck him on the head with a gun before stealing his
bike and a diamond ring.
APRIL 2: Seng Eng, 40, a construction worker, was transferred to Calmette
Hospital after he was severely injured while asleep at a construction site in Baveal
village, Battambang province. Police said Eng was struck on the head with a stick
after he told the construction manager to arrest one of a group of people who stole
electric wires from the construction site.
APRIL 2: A 22-year-old woman, Hem Phy, was found dead at 6:30 pm on a Route
6 in Russey Chas village, Kampong Svay district, Kampong Thom. The district police
inspector, Seng Ly, said she had suffered severe head injuries after being axed three
times. He added that she had been killed elsewhere and her body dumped there to make
it appear as though she had died in a traffic accident.
APRIL 3: Police arrested Heng Pheng, 19, and Sok Phoan, 17, after a night-time
robbery in Kranh Tabanh village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Police said the two tried to steal a motorbike from Chea Dim, 23, who is a motodop
driver. Dim was struck on the head with a stick while the two were passengers on
APRIL 5: Sum Kosal, 27, was shot in the chest and his wife shot in the neck
during an attempted robbery at 7:10 pm in Stung Meanchey village, Phnom Penh. A witness
told police that three men blocked their path then shot them twice with a K-59 handgun.
The men escaped empty-handed after police turned up on the scene. The victims were
sent to Calmette Hospital.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun