JULY 1: The Banteay Meanchey provincial court sentenced Mao Sim, 68, to
18 years in prison and ordered him to pay four million riel for a rape he
committed in Makak village. Sim was arrested in early January after the family
of a 13-year-old girl complained about him, said judge Eang Khlin. Sim said he
raped the girl because he felt in love with her.
JULY 1: Police
arrested Vong Saut, 22, after he committed a murder in Svay village, Battambang
province. Police said Saut killed a 16-year-old girl, Sey Savoeun, who he had
loved. Saut, who came to stay with the girl's family three years ago, confessed
that he stabbed Savoeun in the neck and cut her throat with a knife because her
parents wanted her to marry a French man.
JULY 2: Police arrested
Chang Siavmey, 29, after she killed her boyfriend, Hak Bunhy, 22, at 7:10 a.m.
at a casino where they worked together in Cham Yeam village, Koh Kong province.
Police said Siavmey shot Bunhy in the chest with a K-59 handgun and then she
attempted unsuccessfully to kill herself with the gun. Siavmey said Bunhy
promised to marry her, but later wanted to leave her.
JULY 3: A
woman, Kheng Nget, 32, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after being
shot while driving home on a motorbike at 10:45 p.m. in Depot 3 precinct, Phnom
Penh. The woman said that three people on a motorbike and two others on another
motorbike, blocked her path and shot her in the arm, then they escaped. The
reason of the shooting was not known.
JULY 3: Hoeun Soven, a
25-year-old construction worker, was knifed and severely injured at 10:30 p.m.
while driving a motorbike with his friend to the construction site where they
worked. Kong Mony, 20, said a group of 10 gangsters blocked their path and
chopped Soven three times in the head, then they escaped. Soven was sent to a
clinic but later transferred to Calmette Hospital because of his massive head
injuries. Mony said Soven had argued with one of the gangsters at a drinking
shop in the early evening.
JULY 3: A motorbike taxi driver, Chhoum
Chheang, 40, was shot dead at 8:05 p.m. in Khbal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey
province. A witness said that a soldier from Division 51, Lok Saman, 47, punched
Chheang in the face and shot him twice in the chest with a K-54 handgun before
escaping. The witness said Saman was angry because Chheang beeped his motorcycle
horn as he tried to pass the car, which was parked on the street.
3: Sunthana Saiboon, a 24-year-old Thai woman, was arrested in the afternoon
while buying something at Toul Tumpoung market in Phnom Penh. Police said that
Saiboon had been using fake dollars while visiting Cambodia as a tourist.
Saiboon confessed that so far she had spent $1,000 at Sorya market. Police
confiscated $1,000 and took her into custody.JULY 4: Two gunmen killed a garment
worker, Yoi Larch, 25, and stole his motorbike while he was driving to a factory
at 5:15 a.m. in Toul Pongror village, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that the
robbers shot Larch once in the temple with a K-59 handgun while trying to drive
away from the robbery.
JULY 4: Touch Dina, 40, a police official
at the Ministry of Interior, was found dead at 3 p.m. at the Asian Guesthouse in
Sras Chak commune, Phnom Penh. A worker at the guesthouse said Dina drove his
car to the guesthouse and later shot himself three times in the temple with a
K-59 handgun. Police said Dina had committed suicide because they found a
divorce letter in his pocket. However, Dina's wife said that there had been no
problems in the family, and she really didn't know about the reason of the
JULY 5: Meas Chhoun, 84, was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for rape in Am Pous village, Kampong Thom province. Judge Tauch Sakhoeun
said Chhoun was arrested after he raped his 15-year-old granddaughter in
December last year. The girl said at the hearing that she had been raped seven
times since 2001. She said Chhoun gave her 200 to 300 riel each time he raped
JULY 6: A mob killed a 32-year-old unidentified man after he
and two accomplices attempted to steal a motorbike from a couple, Yun Sophat,
31, and Chhun Samart, 30, while they slept in Srok Thom village, Kandal
province. Sophat told local authorities that the thief entered his house through
a window and aimed a K-59 handgun at his head. Sophat said the thief dropped the
gun and tried to run away after his wife squeezed his testicle.
6: Lu Eayin, 34, a Taiwanese national, who owned the Paris Double Tea shop,
died at Calmette Hospital after being shot at midnight in O'Russei 4 commune,
Phnom Penh. A witness told police that an unknown man entered the shop and shot
Eayin twice, in the neck and the chest, before escaping on a motorbike with his
accomplice who waited for him in front of the shop. Police suspect revenge was
the motive because they escaped empty-handed.
JULY 6: An ambulance
took a military official at the Ministry of National Defense, Soam Pheaktra, 32,
to the Russian hospital for surgery after he was shot during a robbery at 8:20
p.m. in Prek Samroang village, Kandal province. A passer-by told police that
Pheaktra was stopped and shot four times with a handgun after trying to resist
three robbers who escaped on his motorbike.
JULY 7: Surn
Vanthoeun, 44, fled after his wife learned that he raped his stepdaughter in
O'Dambang 1 commune, Battambang province. The mother came to police and
complained that Vanthoeun had raped her 15-year-old daughter. The mother said
that the daughter had conceived a child from the rape and was four months
pregnant. Police filed a complaint to arrest Vanthoeun for
JULY 8: A 25-year-old monk, Long Sophy, was arrested
for rape in Thmey village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said that Sophy
escaped to Thailand after he raped a 23-year-old woman a year ago, and had just
returned to his pagoda in Cambodia. The woman said Sophy promised that he would
marry her after the rape.
JULY 8: Police arrested Bun Chanthan,
17, for a rape he committed three days earlier in Khbal Spean village, Banteay
Meanchey province. Police said Chanthan raped an 8-year-old girl and then tried
to escape. The girl said that Chanthan persuaded her to go to the upstairs level
of his house to eat cake and raped her.
JULY 9: Police arrested a
woman, Nhep Srey, 34, for questioning and later took her into custody after she
was accused of a murder in Prek Yuon village, Kampong Cham province. Police
suspect Srey killed a 10-year-old girl, Khin Sreyneat, and stole her five-chi
gold necklace. Police said that Sreyneat was murdered and her body dumped in a
JULY 10: An unidentified man killed a motorbike taxi
driver, Sin San, 49, and stole his bike in the early morning in Chamroeun Phal
village, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that the man, who pretended to be a
passenger, ordered San to stop and then struck him several times on the head
with a stick before escaping on his bike.
- Translated from Khmer
newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap