FEBRUARY 1: A 24-year-old woman, Him Yim, was found dead at a field in Kal
Meak village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the woman was murdered after being
raped while returning from selling cake and candy at a Buddhist ceremony celebrated
at Kal Meak primary school the previous night.
FEBRUARY 1: Neang Nop, 38, an official from the Ministry of Water Resource,
was shot dead while working on the two year ADB Project in Kang Sao village, Kampong
Thom. Police said Nop was murdered with an AK-47 while riding on a motorbike returning
from a dinner. Police said the gunman escaped after stealing a handphone, watch and
FEBRUARY 1: A motodop driver, Phay Tolla, 19, was found dead at 4:45 pm in
Thnal village, Siem Reap province. Police said Tolla was reportedly knifed eight
times while carrying his friend, Lard Sambo, 22, who was later taken in for questioning.
Sambo confessed to police that he killed Tolla to steal his motorbike.
FEBRUARY 2: The body of a security-guard, Sok Sitha, 47, was found floating
in a fish pond at 5:30 am in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Sitha
was probably electrocuted while electrocuting fish at the pond in the Ministry of
Culture and Fine Arts.
FEBRUARY 2: Police arrested Ruot Rith, 24, after he was accused of a rape
committed the previous day in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Rith
raped a 6-year-old girl while singing karaoke at a guest house. Rith said he only
grabbed the girl for playing and denied raping her.
FEBRUARY 2: Teng Vuthy, 21, died at Calmette Hospital after being knifed during
a family argument in Boeng Keng Kang 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Vuthy was
stabbed in the groin by his brother who was drunk.
FEBRUARY 2: Srah Morn, 37, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment
after being knifed in an argument at noon in Svay Chek village, Kampong Chhnang province.
Police said Morn was stabbed twice in the stomach by his brother-in-law, Chey, 32,
who was drunk. Chey became angry as Morn tried to stop him to continue drinking palm
FEBRUARY 3: An 18-year-old girl, Yu Thol, was found dead in the early morning
at her house in Pur Chrey village, Battambang province. Police said Thol became angry
and committed suicide with a poison because her mother would not let her go to a
neighbor's wedding party dance.
FEBRUARY 3: Mao Toeu, 35, was knifed and severely injured during an argument
at 4:45 pm in Prey Phdao village, Takeo province. Police said Toeu was chopped twice
by Nim Chea, 18, who was arrested on the scene.
FEBRUARY 3: Police arrested a fishing worker, Him Yeng, 16, after he committed
a murder during an argument at 2:30 pm at a fishing lot in Barai district, Kampong
Thom. Police said Yeng killed Yoeun Thin, 26, who worked at the fishing lot. Yeng
was angry and shot Thin twice with an AK-47 while he was drunk.
FEBRUARY 4: Ly Chou, 35, was sent to Calmette Hospital after suffering massive
head injuries during a robbery while riding a motorbike at 1:30 pm in Wat Phnom precinct,
Phnom Penh. Police said the woman was pulled off the bike when two gangsters grabbed
her by an earring then escaped by motorbike, with the earring.
FEBRUARY 4: An ambulance took Bun Saroeun, 39, to the Russian hospital after
he was found unconsciousness at midnight on a park in Tonle Bassac precinct, Phnom
Penh. Saroeun told police he had been drugged with sleeping pills while drinking
beer given him by two people who stole his motorbike.
FEBRUARY 5: A policeman at the Ministry of Interior, Khut Chantha, 44, was
found floating at a pond near his house in Raung Chak village, Russei Keo district,
Phnom Penh. Police said Chantha probably drowned while bathing in the pond the previous
evening when he was drunk.
FEBRUARY 5: A poor farmer, Huot Roeun, 42, was shot dead during a revenge
attack in the early morning in Kiem Mony village, Kampong Speu province. Two witnesses
told police that Roeun was struck in the underarm with an AK-47 while climbing a
palm tree about 250 meters from his house. The unidentified gunman probably killed
Roeun for practising sorcery.
FEBRUARY 6: A construction worker, Phoeun Seap, 21, died at Prek Phnov hospital
after being shot during an argument at around 5 pm in Kakap village, Kandal province.
Police said Seap was shot twice with a CKC rifle and knifed four times after he and
four other men had an argument with Mom Rin, 35, while they were drunk. Rin and two
other assailants were arrested.
FEBRUARY 6: Police arrested a 17-year-old boy, Bun Routha, after he committed
rape the previous night in Angkor Borei village, Takeo province. A 14-year-old teenager
told police that Routha was invited for a sleep after returning home from seeing
a Buddhist celebration with her uncle and he raped her while asleep.
FEBRUARY 7: Thun Sereywathanak, 22, was robbed of his motorbike while carrying
his girlfriend at midnight in Teuk Laak 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Sereywathanak told
police that one of three gunmen shot him twice in the legs then escaped empty-handed
on their motorbike after the police arrived. The victim was sent to Calmette Hospital
FEBRUARY 7: A British national, Ackhaus Andrew James, 31, was found dead at
8:30 am at a guest house in O'Chhoeu Tiel precinct, Sihanoukville. Police have no
comment for the death, but said he probably died from dizziness after he drank two
bottles of red wine with his friend the previous night.
FEBRUARY 7: Police arrested Chum Saem, 31, after he committed a murder at
9:30 pm in Khnar Raung village, Takeo province. Police said Saem was angry and killed
her father with a knife during an argument. Chum Ouch, 72, was stabbed in the stomach
after trying to beat his estranged daughter with a bamboo stick.
FEBRUARY 8: Phoung Nop, 40, was beaten to death at 3:30 pm in Chumras Pean
village, Takeo province. Police said Nop was killed by his cousin, Bou Moeun, 20,
who he caught pumping water out of a pond to catch fish. Moeun was angry and struck
Nop twice on the head with a stick and smashed him with a hoe as he tried to catch
FEBRUARY 8: Thach Vannarith, 47, a lieutenant colonel at a military unit of
Region 2, was shot and severely wounded while riding a motorbike returning from a
wedding party at 8:30 pm in Chrouy Thmar village, Kampong Cham province. Police said
Vannarith, a military officer with Funcinpec Party, was shot twice in the back by
his friend Sath Soeun who was later arrested for questioning, but Soeun denied the
FEBRUARY 8: Soy Samaun, 22, was robbed of his motorbike while staying with
his girlfriend at 9:30 pm at Chhbar Ampov 2 Primary School in Doeum Sleng village,
Phnom Penh. His girlfriend, Heng Ny told police that one of three people stabbed
Samaun in the head then they escaped on the stolen motorbike. One of the robbers
identified as Poeu Saman, son of a teacher, was later arrested.
FEBRUARY 8: Phoung Sophea, 25, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being knifed
during a night-time argument in Boeng Keng Kang 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said
Sophea was stabbed once in the chest after he tried to hit his girlfriend, Suot Krauchtrop,
19, a sister of the assailant. The assailant escaped.
FEBRUARY 9: Chum Nov, 63, died, apparently of a heart attack, after receiving
$10,000 from her daughter at 7 pm in Tuol Rokar village, Meanchey district, Phnom
Penh. The daughter said she had sold two hectares of her mother's land for $20,000,
but she kept $10,000 for herself. She told police her mother was shocked and died
instantly because she had never seen so much money before.
FEBRUARY 10: J Imoda, 43, Australian national, was found dead at a guest house
in Mittapheap, Sihanoukville. Police said Imoda probably died from a heart attack
two days ago because his body was swollen and smelling bad. Police are investigating
three types of pills found in his room.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap