DECEMBER 1: Chhim Doeun, 30, was arrested in Prey Phae village, Takeo Province, charged with the rape of a 62-year-old woman described as virginal. He was sent to the provincial court for trial. Police said Doeun raped the woman while he was working for her the previous night. He denied rape and told police the woman agreed to have sex with him.
DECEMBER 1: Karaoke bar worker Chhim Sodany, 19, jumped from the Kizona bridge across the Mekong River at 9:15pm in Kampong Cham. Police said Sodany killed herself because her boyfriend had left her for another woman.
DECEMBER 1: Phuy Chantha, 22, was taken to a hospital after gangsters stabbed him in the stomach with a knife the previous night while he was riding a bicycle to a dance in Seam Reang village, Kampong Cham province. Van Neath, who had been with Chantha, said four people blocked their path, knocked Chantha down with a stick, stabbed him, then ran away.
DECEMBER 2: Police are looking for Hong Voeun, who injured Ros Run, 24, in a dancing argument at 8:30pm in Chhoeu Teal Phlous village, Kandal province. Run, under treatment at a district hospital, told police Voeun chopped him in the right shoulder with a sword, then escaped, because Voeun was angry after coming to stop him arguing with other people.
DECEMBER 3: Choun Yoeun, 46, a Sam Rainsy Party second deputy village chief in Stok Antung village, Kampong Cham province, was knifed and severely injured while arguing about disputed land with Khon Yin, 46. Duch Han, the chief of Lavea commune, said Yin and his three sons attacked Yoeun with a hoe and knife when he tried to stop Yin planting dry season rice. Yin and his sons escaped.
DECEMBER 4: A 41-year-old woman, Tong Eng, was shot and wounded at 4:30am as she rode her motorbike to the park in front of the Royal Palace where she intended to exercise. A witness told police three robbers on a motorbike ordered Eng to stop, then shot her in the thigh as she tried to ride away. The robbers fled as police arrived.
DECEMBER 4: Police arrested Sok Yan, 23, and charged him with murder in the course of robbery in O'Sralao village, Battambang province. Buot Bunthoeun, a provincial deputy commissioner, said Yan and three others who escaped, shot Lai Sarin, 45, in the chest with an AK-47 while trying to rob him.
DECEMBER 5: Sem So, 31, was arrested after slashing four members of his family during an argument in the course of a Wrestler Red Wine drinking session in Ta Kos village, Siem Reap province. Chan Saren, deputy chief of provincial criminal police office, said So chopped his mother, Chhum Som, 57, in the thigh with a heavy knife when she tried to stop the argument. So then chopped his sister, Sem Mao, 34, a brother-in-law, Dul Dop, 35, and a cousin, Loch Chhin, 36.
DECEMBER 6: Chan Pov, 32, a recycler, was sentenced to four years in prison after Kandal provincial court presiding judge Teang Sotha found him guilty of stealing 16 coconuts. Sotha said Pov was arrested after he and two accomplices stole the coconuts from a vendor in Takmau market on January 6. The court is looking for the other two, who escaped.
DECEMBER 6: Yi Savoan, 23, a garment worker, was shot dead and six people wounded during a nighttime dancing quarrel in Khdey Chas village, Muk Kampoul district, Kandal province. Police said Savoan was shot in the chest with an AK-47 while arguing with gangsters who escaped but were identified.
DECEMBER 6: Police arrested a sex worker, Sol Da, 24, who stabbed Soun Da, 25, during an argument at 9:30pm at a brothel in Tumnob village, Battambang province. Police said the woman stabbed Soun Da twice in the stomach with a knife after he punched her on the face when she refused to have sex unless he used a condom.
DECEMBER 7: Sok Mon, 39, was arrested after chopping a neighbor, Ven Roeun, 31, in the head with an ax while he was washing himself in front of his house at 6:40pm in Koh Krabey village, Kean Svay district, Kandal province. Police said Mon chopped Roeun because he thought he had thrown a rock over the roof of his house.
DECEMBER 8: A Dutchman, Ritter Gunte, 56, was found dead at 12:40pm at his grocery shop in Sihanoukville. Lok Limin, deputy chief of the technical police office, said the preliminary assessment was that Ritter died of heart attack while having sex with his girlfriend, because he had taken an overdose of a sex-aid drug. Ritter used six of 12 tablets.
DECEMBER 8: Huang Yingan, 44, a Chinese national, was knifed and severely injured during a robbery at 7:30am in Phnom Penh International Airport. Another passenger said an ambulance took Huang to Calmette Hospital after a man chopped him with a cleaver and then escaped after attempting to steal his money.
DECEMBER 9: Ung Rathana, 18, was taken to Calmette Hospital after two gangsters injured him during a revenge attack at 7:30am in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. A bystander said one of the two attacked Rathana with a sword then escaped while he was coming to play at a gambling shop where his group had previously argued with the gangsters.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap