Police Blotter: 13 February 2004

Police Blotter: 13 February 2004


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

some cash.

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

for treatment.

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


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