MARCH 1: A 22-year-old man, Moeun Ym, was beaten to death during a night
time robbery in Kauk Thnoat village, Prasad Bakong district, Siem Reap. The provincial
criminal police chief, Doung Sokha, said the victim, a moto-taxi driver, was struck
with a hammer several times on the head by two passengers who stole his motorbike.
MARCH 1: Sim Saroeun, 45, was knifed and injured during a quarrel in Prek
Pra commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Saroeun, a fruit vendor, was stabbed twice by
his creditor, Sok Ly, 49, who was angry at his refusal to pay 58 million riel he
owed her. Saroeun is demanding $5,000 in compensation.
MARCH 1: Srun Thal, 21, was found dead on a plot of vacant land along Route
1 in Kday Takoy village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. A villager told police he had
seen from a distance two people take a suitcase from a car. They then burned the
case containing Thal's body. Police said he had been killed in Phnom Penh.
MARCH 1: Taing Li Tieng, 6, was freed in Wat Phnom precinct after her family
paid $30,000 to kidnappers at the Itharus mountain in Oudong district, Kampong Speu.
Police said the girl, the daughter of a motorbike spare parts shopowner, was kidnapped
some days earlier while walking to school in Tuol Tumpong precinct, Phnom Penh.
MARCH 2: Three suspected robbers were arrested after trying to steal a
motorbike at midnight in Sambour village, Dangkor district on the outskirts of Phnom
Penh. District Police Chief Sout Than said the three, Ros Chantha, 19, Choup Vanthan,
21, and Men Bo, 33, had blocked the victim's path and struck him with a rock.
MARCH 2: Seng Savuth, 23, was arrested for attempted murder committed during
a robbery three weeks ago in Por Rithykray village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police
said the victim, Nuon Sony, 18, told the court that Savuth, Khen Samnang and Neat
On cut his throat when they stole his motorbike. It was later sold for $160.
MARCH 2: Nheuk Poeu, 33, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being axed
and severely injured during a family quarrel while breast-feeding her 7-month-old
baby in Preuk village, Kampong Cham. Police said Poeu was chopped in the head by
her husband who was angry after she blamed him for taking a half-day off to drink
MARCH 2: Chhon Hoat, 51, was shot dead with an AK-47 while watching TV
with his family at 8:30pm in Trapaing Khlong village, Phnom Srouch district, Kampong
Speu. Police said the victim was rumored to be a sorcerer. They are searching for
MARCH 3: A 22-year-old man, Taing Ym, was knifed to death during a family
quarrel at 5:30pm in Ksach Laith village, Kra Kor district, Pursat province. Police
said Ym was chopped twice by his father, Routh Sen, 61, who was later arrested.
MARCH 3: Keo Panhary, 15, was kidnapped at 9pm in Pha Harl village, Thbeng
Meanchey district, Preah Vihear. Police said thieves stole her two damleung gold
necklace and then took her to a forest where they demanded a ransom of $20,000. She
was later freed after her grandmother reported her disappearance to the authorities.
MARCH 4: Nhoeung Ry, 33, was beaten to death during a money dispute at
4:30pm in Papial Khe village, Battambang province. Police said Ry, a moto-taxi driver,
was killed with a hammer after his two passengers gave him less than 100 baht. Sal
Lisan, 24, and his wife, Som Sokhon, 21, were later arrested after fleeing to Banteay
MARCH 4: San Rithea, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital after attempting
suicide at 1:30pm in Chhbar Ampoe 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Rithea was
jealous that his wife had been playing cards with other men. Doctors said he was
in a serious condition.
MARCH 4: Sen Vanno, 39, was shot dead during a midnight robbery in Thmar
Dekas village, Banteay Meanchey province. Vanno's wife, Thoeum Phal, 31, told police
that three gunmen entered the house and shot her husband in the neck when he tried
to resist them. The men stole 7,900 baht and one chi of her gold.
MARCH 5: A 42-year-old mute man, Lon Mab, died after he was beaten and
seriously injured the previous day after he stopped a motorbike to beg for money
in Ta Keo village, Dambe district, Kampong Cham. Police said Mab was struck on the
head with a stick by Pi Pouth, 30, who was angry when Mab hit him after he refused
him money. Pouth was later arrested.
MARCH 5: Y Pheap, 18, was sent to the provincial hospital at Chantaburi
in Thailand after he was seriously wounded at 9pm in O Praing village, Pailin city.
A newspaper said Pheap, the son of Pailin governor Y Chhien, was drunk and shot himself
in the chest.
MARCH 6: Pok Hak, 34, the editor of Samleng Khmer newspaper, and two friends,
died instantly in an accident on Russian Federation Blvd in Wat Neakavon precinct,
Phnom Penh. Police said their motorbike was struck by a car driven by a Nigerian
national, who was also seriously injured and later arrested.
MARCH 6: In Somarin, 15, was sent to the Chantrea Vuth Hospital after being
knifed and seriously injured at 9pm in Stung Meanchey village, Phnom Penh. Police
said Somarin was stabbed 11 times by Soam Vichetra, 18, after Somarin called him
a drunkard while he was arguing with friends in a wine shop. Vichetra was arrested.
MARCH 7: Nou Sovan, 35, and Long Dara, 24, died instantly and another person
was severely injured in an accident at 9:40pm on Pochentong Blvd in Khbal Damrey
village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the victims
were on a motorbike that hit an electrical pole after being driven too fast.
MARCH 7: Two men, Keo Sun Fong, 21, and Ngau Kilong, 23, were arrested
after attempting to steal a motorbike at 4:15pm in O'Russei 1 precinct, Phnom Penh.
Police said the robbers aimed a K-54 handgun at Yung Zack Song, 20, demanding Song's
bike. Ly Haing Hong, 45, a shoe seller, was shot in the thigh during an exchange
of fire between the men and the police.
MARCH 7: A 71-year-old man, Chak Chon, was shot dead in front of his house
in Prey Chong Rouk village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Chon was shot in the
chest with an AK-47 while drinking tea. They suspect it was a revenge attack as nothing
MARCH 7: A US national, James Arthur Webb, 53, was found dead in his bed
at 9:30am in his room at the Sada guesthouse in Boeung Pralit commune, Phnom Penh.
Police said Webb, an English teacher at the Banana Center, committed suicide, leaving
a note for his son in the US.
MARCH 8: Som Noeu, 48, a former village chief, was found floating in a
pond at 7:30am at a pagoda in Stung Meanchey village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh.
Police said Noeu probably fell in the pond and drowned while drunk.
MARCH 9: A Korean national, Zhe Hophan, was robbed at 9:30am while he and
three other employees were in a car on St. 286 in Tuol Svay Prey 2 precinct, Phnom
Penh. Hophan told police three people on a motorbike blocked the road and threatened
him with a handgun before stealing a bag containing $60,000 which he had drawn from
the bank. Hophan's accountant, Hang Lekena, and driver, Soam Soda, were later placed