Police Blotter: 12, October, 2001

Police Blotter: 12, October, 2001



SEPTEMBER 28: Ngin Sna, 16, was arrested on suspicion of murder committed

the previous day in Trapaing Por village, Traim Kak district, Takeo. Police said

that a nine-year-old girl, Vurn Trieng, a daughter of Pich Wath, was killed, and

her gold earrings costing $8 stolen, while she was catching fish in a lake about

100 meters from her house. 

SEPTEMBER 29: A 25-year-old man, Meas Samien, was found hanging at 9am

at his house in Doeum Chan village, Mean Chey district, on the outskirts of Phnom

Penh. His family told police that Samien may have hanged himself after battling malaria

he contracted in Poipet where he was employed as a construction worker.

SEPTEMBER 29: Norman Robinson, 51, a UK citizen, was arrested while allegedly

having sex with a 16-year-old boy at his guest-house in Boeng Raing precinct, Phnom

Penh. Immigrant Police Department Deputy Chief Um Sath said Robinson, who has worked

as an English teacher in Cambodia since 1998, had promised to buy a bicycle for the

boy, but had not done so.

SEPTEMBER 29: An 18-year-old nun, Laim Sokleng, was found dead in Samdech

village, Sangke district, Battambang. Police said Sokleng had poisoned herself using

insecticide after her parents criticized her relationship with abbot, Chhuon Oeup,

28. Oeup later poisoned himself after learning his girlfriend had died.

SEPTEMBER 30: Pho Sopheak, 28, was fatally gunned down in a robbery at

5:20am on 199 St in Toul Svay Prey 2 commune, Chamcarmon district, Phnom Penh. A

witness told police that the victim, a moto-taxi driver, was shot once in the forehead

with a handgun while parking his motorbike to get money from his two passengers.

They escaped with his bike.

SEPTEMBER 30: Sun Ra, 37, an exchange-rate dealer, was robbed at 4:30pm

on 130 St in Psah Kandal 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Ra was beaten with the

butt of a K-54 handgun by two robbers, who stole the 10 million riels he had brought

back from his office at the Central Market.

SEPTEMBER 30: Nguyen Thya, 21, and Chan Sam, 19, were beaten nearly to

death at 2:30pm while trying to escape from a crowd of people near the National Olympic

stadium. Police said Thya and Sam, who are Vietnamese, were beaten with sticks and

rocks by passersby after moto-taxi driver Kim Sivutha asked for help to stop the

two "thieves". Sivutha was angry that the men had shortchanged him 500

riel on a 2,000 riel fare.

SEPTEMBER 30: Eng Phirun, 19, a private English teacher, was sent to Preah

Kossamak hospital after he was shot and wounded during a robbery at 7pm in Phnom

Penh Thmey village, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said

the victim was shot with a CKC after trying to prevent two robbers stealing his motorbike.

OCTOBER 1: The body of a 30-year-old unidentified man was found in a suitcase

on the footpath of National Road 4 in Pich Nil village, Kampong Speu. The victim,

believed to be a Chinese national, may have been murdered the previous day and his

body dumped there by passengers on a truck running from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.

The truck's driver, Meng, and his worker, Mom Sophat, 35, were later arrested.

OCTOBER 1: A 31-year-old pregnant woman, Vurn, died instantly in an accident

at 8:45am while she was on a moto-taxi driven on Veng Sreng road in Domnak Thom village,

Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was hit from behind by a truck

after she fell from the bike as it tried to overtake a moto-remork. The truck driver

ran away.

OCTOBER 1: Ry Vivone, 27, died in Calmette hospital after being shot at

a porridge shop in Boeng Keng Kang 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Vivone, a soldier

in the tank division, was drunk, and was shot twice in the chest by Vong Vorn, 45,

a colonel at military HQ. The shooting happened after Vorn refused to recognize Vivone

as his friend and insisted on leaving the shop. Vorn was later arrested.

OCTOBER 1: Three people were charged for drug trafficking after 5,000 amphetamine

pills were found with them. Police said Sok Sopheak, who is deputy director at the

National Authority for Combating Drugs and an advisor to Ministry of the Interior's

Secretary of State, Em Sam An, was arrested along with Ching Phalla, a clerk for

the municipal court, as well as deputy chief Nop Sophon, and Hun Sambath, a construction

materials dealer at the Pacific Hotel in Phnom Penh.

OCTOBER 2: Huot Hoeun, 22, was shot with a K-59 handgun and seriously wounded

in a robbery at 7:30pm on Preah Norodom Blvd in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police

said Hoeun, a student from Norton University, was the victim of a successful effort

by two men to steal his new motorbike.

OCTOBER 2: Two farmers, Mey Moeun, 33, and Chhea Khieng, 30, died when

they were struck by lightening while returning from their ricefields in Chor Chak

1 village, Prey Veng province. Police said the men died instantly.

OCTOBER 3: Phal Sina, 28, a karaoke singer, was sent to Calmette hospital

after she was knifed and severely injured at 9:30am at her house in Krapeu Ha village,

Takhmau district, Kandal. Police said Sina was stabbed in the chest and the stomach

by Priep Bunsong and Ros Chanthou after developing a relationship with the father

of one of the assailants.

OCTOBER 3: Oun Dara, 30, was sent to Calmette hospital for treatment after

losing consciousness on the footpath of National Road 6A in Kien Khlaing village,

Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Dara, a moto-taxi driver, had been drugged

with sleeping pills by his passengers who stole his bike.

OCTOBER 3: Naun An, 21, was shot dead at midnight after stealing a cow

in Ong Krang village, Kang Pisey district, Kampong Speu. Police said that An, who

had previously been accused of stealing five chickens, was shot in the chest with

an AK-47 when he fled across a ricefield after being discovered trying to steal the

cow from a widow.

OCTOBER 4: Try Sambath, 26, was found dead at night in front of a monk's

house at Kdey Takoy pagoda in Viel Sbau village, Kandal province. Police said Sambath,

who worked at the pagoda, was electrocuted, probably in revenge, as an electric wire

was found attached to the other side of the door. Sambath had argued with another

worker two weeks previously.

OCTOBER 5: Heng Chamroeun, 48, was arrested for human trafficking while

demanding a $3,000 ransom from a victim's family at 10:20pm in Psah Thmei 1 precinct,

Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest came after Long Hay complained to the court that

Chamroeun had promised his 30-year-old sister a job in Malaysia, but that he had

sold her into prostitution on arrival.

OCTOBER 5: A 22-year-old woman, Sopheak, was found dead at 8:30am on the

riverside in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Police said Sopheak, who was

found with a man's photograph inscribed "We'll meet in the next life",

may have poisoned herself.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by

Aun Pheap


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