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Police Blotter: 12 March 2004

Police Blotter: 12 March 2004

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FEBRUARY 26: Two fishermen, Khit Nol, 38, and Khoeun Khlo, 33, were shot dead

at 10:30 am in Trapaing Trep village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the victims

were probably killed with an AK-47 while walking to a lake where they fished every

day.

FEBRUARY 26: Sok Daim, 49, an activist with the Sam Rainsy Party, was murdered

with a stick and his body buried in a rice field in Trapaing Chan village, Kampong

Chhnang province. Police said revenge was the motive because Daim had recently argued

over a lake dispute with a fishing lot owner.

FEBRUARY 26: A motodop driver, Men Ly, 40, was sent to Calmette Hospital for

emergency treatment after being found unconsciousness on a park in front of the Cambodiana

hotel in Chatomuk commune, Phnom Penh. A medical doctor said Ly had been drugged

with sleeping pills after he drank a half can of beer given him by two passengers

who stole his motorbike.

FEBRUARY 27: The body of Lang Oeu, 36, was found in a deep well in Thnal Thmey

village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Oeu was murdered elsewhere with an ax

and his body dumped there three days prior while he was on the way home after drinking

wine with two neighbors. Police said his motorbike had been stolen.

FEBRUARY 27: An immigrant from Canada, Kong Sitha, 42, was murdered while

driving a car at midnight in Trapaing Krasaing village, Siem Reap province. Police

said Sitha was killed with a gun probably and his body set fire while on the way

to a guest house in Anlong Veng village, Ouddor Meanchey province. Police said his

diamond ring was stolen.

FEBRUARY 29: Por Thy, 43, and his wife, Kong Kimlai, 41, were shot dead during

a night-time argument in Chup Dey village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said

the couple were killed with an AK-47 by their son-in-law, who escaped. The couple's

daughter, Bun Lina, 17, was shot twice in the bottom and severely wounded.

FEBRUARY 29: The body of Chhut Chhon, 38, was found hanged at around 4 pm

in Nakor Krao village, Siem Reap province. Police said Chhon was drunk and committed

suicide after he killed his wife, Meak Sen, 34. The woman was murdered with a stick

during a family argument.

FEBRUARY 29: In Thek, 38, was knifed to death in a night-time argument in

Pich Chinda village, Battambang province. Police said Thek was stabbed eleven times

by two neighbors who were drunk. One of the assailants, Lai Sothun, 30, a motodop

driver, was arrested and the other escaped. Police said Sothun's wife committed suicide

with insecticide after her husband had been arrested.

FEBRUARY 29: The body of a fisherman, Phan Ry, 28, was found at a forest in

Kampong Ko village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Ry was kidnapped while asleep

at home and later killed by three unidentified men. Ry's head was cut off and left

about four meters from his body.

MARCH 1: Police arrested an Australian national, Jamie McGowan, 36, after

he was accused of theft at noon at O'Russei market in Phnom Penh. Police said Gowan

tried to escape on a motodop after stealing a television from a vendor, Lim Kheng,

43. The police said McGowan, a former English teacher, had a mental problem and they

released him after educating him.

MARCH 1: A provincial accountant officer, Oun Mandea, 55, was shot and wounded

in a robbery at 4:45 am in Khtum Kraing village, Kampong Speu province. Police said

Mandea was shot twice after trying to resist two gunmen who broke a window and attempted

to steal his three motorbikes. The robbers escaped empty-handed after his family

shouted for help.

MARCH 1: Police killed a suspected robber and arrested two accomplices preparing

to commit a night-time robbery in Trapaing Thleung village, Dangkor district, Phnom

Penh. Police said one of the robbers identified as Khmao, 37, was fatally gunned

down while trying to escape. Four policemen were wounded during the attack.

MARCH 1: Police are looking for Koy Nak, 26, and Hang Sal, 35, after they

committed a murder at around 3 pm in Thnal Keng village, Kampong Thom province. Police

said the assailants killed a neighbor with a knife then escaped on a motodop. The

victim, Sum Oun, 44, was knocked down and stabbed twice in the stomach and the chest

after they accused him of stealing 62 ducks.

MARCH 2: Sar Pesith, 30, a Phnom Penh Municipal Police officer, was sent to

a district hospital and later taken him to Calmette Hospital after accidentally shooting

himself about 11 am at a guest house in Staung district, Kampong Thom. A witness

said Pesith had got drunk at his friend's party and shot himself in the stomach with

a K-59 handgun.

MARCH 2: A Vietnamese, Din Triheang, 57, was found dead at her house in Thnal

Bek village, Kampong Cham province. Police said she was murdered with an ax and her

two grandchildren were severely injured in a night-time attack. Police arrested a

Vietnamese, Nguyen Teang, 32, who confessed he killed the woman because she promised

to pay him $5 for a translation job, but did not.

MARCH 3: A car mechanic, Sok Socheat, 19, was sent to Calmette Hospital for

treatment after being knifed during an argument at 7:30 pm in Srah Chak commune,

Phnom Penh. Police said Socheat was stabbed in the back with a sword by a neighbor,

Srey Sovannara, 26, who escaped after the argument. Sovannara became angry after

Socheat left dirty handprints on the wall of his house.

MARCH 4: Police arrested seven people after they committed a murder during

a revenge attack at midnight in Bongkang village, Pursat province. Police said Chhoy

Chi, 20, Khen Saran, 20, Saing Phalla, 25, Pheas Phoeun, 19, Saing Sarom, 24, Dy

Saoran, 16, and Phen Chan, 21, confessed they killed a neighbor, Yu Bunthoeun, 24,

with a slingshot and a stick while he guarded a construction site.

MARCH 5: Leng Makara, 18, a student at the Samdech Hun Sen junior high school,

was shot dead during an attempted robbery at 8:30 pm in Kor commune, Kampong Cham

province. Police said Makara was shot in the chest with an AK-47 and died on the

scene after he and his father were trying to stop a gunman who entered the school

and attempted to steal a garden hose.

MARCH 6: A mob killed an unidentified man after he tried to rob motodop driver

Soeu Rith, 33, of his motorbike at 4:30 am in Poi Pet commune, Banteay Meanchey province.

Police said the man was arrested and beaten to death at the scene, then his body

set on fire with gasoline.

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

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