JANUARY 1: Police are looking for four gunmen who escaped after committing a robbery and kidnapping the previous night in Kang Meas village, Kampong Thom province. Chhem Chhan, 50, who was the victim of the robbery, said the men entered the house and took his two daughters to a nearby forest after stealing a four-chi gold necklace, three watches and three million riel in cash. The two daughters were later freed after their father paid a $2,000 ransom.
JANUARY 1: Sreng Sreypov, 29, was sent to a hospital in Thailand after being attacked with acid in Trapaing Pralit village, Battambang province. Police said Sreypov's face was badly disfigured in the attack by an unknown masked man who later escaped. Police suspect revenge was the reason because she had developed a relationship with a married man, identified as Bol, a taxi driver.
JANUARY 2: Poeu Virath, 24, a student at the National Institute of Management, was shot and wounded during a robbery at 6:15 p.m. in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom Penh. Police said two robbers blocked Virath's path and shot him in the leg with a K-59 handgun before stealing his motorbike.
JANUARY 3: Police killed two suspected robbers after they tried to escape on a motorbike at 8:30 a.m. in Teuk Thla commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the fleeing suspects fired shots over the police and tried to escape after stealing a telephone from a 23-year-old girl, Khieu Chanba-ramei, a student at the National Institute of Management. Police confiscated a K-54 handgun belonging to the thieves.
JANUARY 3: A moto-taxi driver, Prach Tharith, 33, was found dead in Chamkar Svay village, Kandal province. Police said Tharith was reportedly chopped 17 times with a heavy knife and his throat cut. Police said that while the man's motorbike was stolen, they suspect revenge was the motive because the victim had been tortured before being killed.
JANUARY 3: A 14-year-old boy was arrested and later handed over to police after being accused of rape in Taing Daung village, Takeo province. Police said the boy raped a seven-year-old girl after luring her with 100 riel. The girl said the boy had raped her twice in the previous month.
JANUARY 4: The body of a 30-year-old unidentified woman was found at Tamao Mountain in Kandeung village, Bati district, Takeo province. Police said the woman was murdered while on a day trip with her boyfriend. Police suspect the boyfriend killed her with a stick as she had massive head injuries.
JANUARY 4: Huot Leangseng, 17, was robbed of his motorbike while driving at 10:10 a.m. on Street 278 in Boeng Keng Kang 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Leangseng told police two robbers blocked his path and knocked him down with a blow to the head using the butt of a handgun. They then escaped on his bike.
JANUARY 4: Keo Saron, 50, and his son-in-law, Thar Chhak, 30, were kidnapped while driving home on a motorbike at 7:30 a.m. in Tar Seng village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the victims were taken to a nearby forest by seven gunmen who demanded a 25 million riel ransom. The victims were later freed after five million riel was paid to the kidnappers, said police.
JANUARY 4: Prek Nuot, 30, was arrested and Pout Porn, 35, escaped after being accused of a murder they committed two weeks ago in Tarsal village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Nuot and Porn killed a neighbor, who they accused of being a sorcerer. Mau was murdered with a heavy knife and his body set on fire during the nighttime after returning home from a wine drinking session.
JANUARY 5: Police arrested a Dutch national, Hegie Frederik Willem, 50, and sent him to PJ Prison after he was found with two children at Dey Meas guesthouse in Prek Leap village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the man had sex with a 14-year-old and 15-year-old boy. The boys told police the man had promised to pay them $15 for oral sex.
JANUARY 5: Two suspected robbers, Kim An, 18, and Sok Longdy, 18, were arrested for a murder in Chamkar Svay village, Kandal province. Police said the men killed a moto-taxi driver during a robbery they committed two days previously. Police are looking for five other accomplices identified in confessions.
JANUARY 5: Police arrested Ouch Sambo, 20, after he was accused of committing a murder during a robbery the previous month in Prey Samrong village, Kandal province. Police said Sambo and his two other accomplices killed a moto-taxi driver and stole his bike. The bike owner, Khao Chanthy, 24, was attacked with a heavy knife and had his throat cut.
JANUARY 6: Four robbers killed a moto-taxi driver and escaped on his motorbike at 8:30 a.m. in Kantrong village, on the outskirts of Pailin. A witness told police the robbers asked Roeun Vannak, 47, to stop then stabbed him three times with a knife. He later died after trying to shout for help to stop the thief.
JANUARY 8: Chea Sameath, 21, was sent to Calmette Hospital for medical treatment after being knifed in a revenge attack at 10:30 p.m. in Boeng Thom village, Kandal province. Police said Sameath was stabbed in the stomach while returning home from a dance where he had argued with four people in the early evening. Police are looking for the assailants who escaped after the attack.
JANUARY 8: Vok Voeun, 38, committed suicide at around 3 a.m. in Serey Douch village, Takeo province. Eth Oeun, 40, told police her husband cut his throat himself with a sickle as he had battled a long-term illness.
JANUARY 9: A 74-year-old man, Doung Kong, was arrested for a rape he committed three days earlier in Tuol Takor village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Kong brought his 14-year-old stepdaughter to a market to buy food and raped her at a nearby forest as they returned home on a bicycle.
JANUARY 9: Three suspected robbers were arrested at 5:30 p.m. in Pongrar village, Kandal province. Police said the robbers, Chry Kosal, 21, Mai Sarik, 22, and Men Peath, 25, confessed that they had committed two thefts and police confiscated a plastic handgun from the suspects.
JANUARY 9: A 38-year-old woman, Ek Phanny, a primary teacher, was beaten to death by her husband at 6:30 p.m. in Snor village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the woman was struck several times with a stick by Chhurn Rim, 32, who was later arrested. Police said Rim was angry because he wanted to sell their house and leave Phanny for another woman, but his wife objected.
JANUARY 10: Police arrested a married man, Soeung Ouk, 38, after he was accused of a rape he allegedly committed two days earlier in O'Angkunh village, Kampong Thom province. Police said a 28-year-old woman complained that Ouk knocked her down and raped her while she was guarding a cashew farm.
JANUARY 10: The body of Chim Poeu, 29, a worker at Peam Chaing rubber plantation, was found in the early morning at a forest in Tonle Bit village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Poeu was probably murdered five days ago while returning home from his office. Police suspect robbery was the motive for the killing because his money and a hand phone were stolen.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap