AUGUST 1: Police arrested Sem Saing, 38, after he was accused of a murder
committed two days earlier in Sra Mor village, Kampong Cham province. Police said
the man killed his neighbor, Thai Soeun, 52, with whom he had recently argued over
land. Soeun was reportedly chopped eight times with a knife after returning home
from buying food for his family.
AUGUST 1: Thierry Robert Charles Lemaire, 50, a French national, was shot
dead at 7:30 pm while getting off his motorbike in front of his house in Slar Kram
village, Siem Reap province. A witness told police that two gunmen shot him in the
chest before escaping on a motorbike. His Khmer girlfriend, Ngoun Simey, 24, suspects
her estranged husband organized the killing as she had left him for the Frenchman.
AUGUST 1: Police sent Sin Lim Aun, 24, to Calmette Hospital after he was severely
wounded during a night-time argument in Tumnop Tuol Kork precinct, Phnom Penh. A
witness told police that two men wearing bodyguard uniforms knocked the victim down,
shot him once in the shoulder with a K-59 handgun, then escaped on their motorbike.
AUGUST 1: A motodop driver, Sok Kimtieng, 25, was sent to the provincial hospital
after being severely wounded in a robbery at 11:30 am in Ampil village, Prasad Bakong
district, Siem Reap. Police said he was ordered to stop by his passenger, Kim Sok
Heng, 27, who then shot him in the chest with a K-54 handgun. Sok Heng was later
arrested after trying to flee on the stolen motorbike.
AUGUST 2: A 27-year-old woman, Him Sophorn, was found hanged from a tree in
front of her house in Por village, Prey Veng province. Police said Sophorn, who was
married with two children, may have committed suicide after her husband criticized
her behavior in an argument.
AUGUST 2: Sai Heang, 23, was sent to the provincial hospital after being knifed
at a dance at 10 pm in Sre Pring village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said he
argued with his neighbor, Seng Ny, 19, who then stabbed him in the stomach and ran
away. Heang's family filed a complaint with the police and demanded two million riel
for medical treatment.
AUGUST 3: Sok Ngoeun, 23, was knifed and seriously injured after leaving a
dance at midnight in Lapeak village, Kampong Cham province. Ngoeun said he was stabbed
once in the stomach and five times in the back by four gangsters who subsequently
ran away. Police sent him to the provincial hospital for treatment.
AUGUST 3: A 44-year-old gold vendor, Em Chantha, was shot dead in a robbery
in Pich Changva village, Takeo province. Police said the woman was shot in the chest
with a K-59 handgun after trying to fight off four robbers who escaped in a car after
stealing 20 damleung of gold. Pha Touch, 44, another gold seller, was also robbed
of ten damleung of gold.
AUGUST 4: Khao Porseang, 39, the distributor of JET cigarettes, was sent to
Calmette Hospital for surgery after being shot while leaving the Visal Sok clinic
at 9 am in Tuol Svay Prey 1 precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Her driver,
Mean Vannak, told police that two gunmen shot her in the head and foot with a K-59
handgun before escaping on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the motive as
she was being investigated as part of a lawsuit over a $60,000 debt.
AUGUST 4: Ly Khoeun, 42, was the victim of a night-time robbery in Sangke
village, Prey Veng province. The man told police that four gunmen struck him on the
head with the butt of an AK-47, tied his arms behind his back, then stole nine chi
of gold, 3,000 baht and 50,000 riel.
AUGUST 5: Chroeung Sochea, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being knifed
during a revenge attack at midnight while on the way home from a drinking wine in
Svay Pak commune, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sochea told
police that a neighbor, whom he named as Rith, and another unidentified man blocked
his way before stabbing him in the chest and escaping.
AUGUST 5: Police arrested a 69-year-old man after he was accused of attempted
rape in Pang Teuk village, Koh Andet district, Takeo. Police said the man tried to
rape his 7-year-old granddaughter while visiting her mother.
AUGUST 5: Police arrested Sao Hal, 48, after he tried to kill his wife at
7:15 pm in Daung village, Piem Ror district, Prey Veng. Police said he chopped Thong
An, 38, eight times after she refused to cook for him. Hal had learned she was having
an affair with a neighbor. She was sent to Neak Loeung Hospital for treatment.
AUGUST 6: Police arrested two suspected robbers who were trying to escape
on a motorbike after they stole jewelry at around 4 pm at Tuol Sangke market in Russei
Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the robbers, Bin Sal, 25, and Mean Riem, 22,
who had a K-59 handgun, threatened a 35-year-old woman, Sok Hun, before taking seven
damleung of gold.
AUGUST 6: A 16-year-old girl, Khoun Dina, was shot dead at 2:30 pm in Thmar
Pich village, Kampong Cham province. Police said she was shot once in the chest with
an AK-47 while collecting rubber at the Chup Rubber plantation. The gunman escaped
after the shooting, but was identified as a neighbor.
AUGUST 7: Keo Sovan, 29, the administration manager at ISUZU, died in the
Russian Hospital after he was shot while talking on a public phone at 7:15 pm in
Tumnop Teuk precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot in the chest by two unidentified
men who fled on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the motive as Sovan had recently
sacked four employees after they were found stealing money.
AUGUST 8: A 20-year-old unidentified man was found dead in the early morning
in Svay Chrum village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said he was murdered
elsewhere with an ax, and his body dumped in the area the previous night. The reason
for the killing is not known.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun