February 1: A 23-year-old unidentified man was found dead in a rubber field
in Lavea village, Chamkar Loeu district, Kampong Cham. A villager told police that
the body was dropped there by some people who escaped in a Toyota Camry. After inspection,
police said the victim was possibly murdered four days earlier by his friends, who
stole his car.
February 1: Chuos Somnang, 38, was shot and wounded at 5:35 pm while riding
a motorbike on National Road 5 about 5km from the provincial capital of Banteay Meanchey.
Police said the victim, who is an official from the provincial Information Department,
was hit twice by three unknown men armed with a K-59 handgun. Revenge was suspected
as his bike was
February 1: Laut Sarath, 45, had her face burned off with acid in Chatto Teus
village, Ponhea Loeu district, Kandal. The victim's face was destroyed by her husband,
Prak Chhin, 47, who justified his actions on the basis that she had refused to give
him 500riel for cigarettes, and had intervened while he was beating their son.
February 1: Doeu Nguon, 23, and his wife, Un Sal, 20, were found dead in a
rice field in Svay Masao village, Barai district, Kampong Thom. A neighbor told police
that the victims were captured and brought 500 meters from their cottage and shot
several times with an AK-47 by three unknown men wearing military uniforms. Police
said revenge was suspected as the motive for the killing as the victims were poor.
February 2: Chim Sorida, 25, was found hanging at 5 am from the entrance of
his house in Prek Talong village, Mean Chey district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Police said the victim, a construction worker, possibly killed himself as he had
tried to develop a relationship with a girl but his advances were rebuffed.
February 2: Helen Maria, 28, a Canadian, was robbed of $2,000 at 5:30 am on
Russian Federation Blvd in Teuk Thla precinct, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police
said the victim was threatened with a steel bar by a taxi-driver while going to Pochentong
February 2: In Sarith, 44, was found hanging from a tree behind his house
in Mondul 3 village, Siem Reap. His second wife, Ly Pha, told police that her husband
hanged himself with a krama, but after inspection, police said the victim was possibly
killed with a nylon line. Pha, who is a Thai language teacher, was arrested because
she argued with her husband before she left for teaching.
February 3: So Vannay, 42, a major from the Royal Armed Forces, died at Calmette
Hospital after he was shot and wounded at 8:05 pm while walking to his car on 586
Street in Boeng Kak 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was hit once in
the right cheek with a handgun by two unknown men on a motorbike. Police said revenge
February 4: Four people died instantly and one baby was injured after a H107
artillery shell exploded at 7:20 am in Chhiem Prous village, Veal Veng district,
Pursat. Police said the shell went off after Sim Bo hammered the head of the shell
in order to catch fish. Bo, a soldier from Brigade 71, disintegrated.
February 5: Tieng Dy, 32, a body-guard of an owner of the New Textile Garment
factory, was shot and wounded in a robbery at 9:45 am while he was traveling in a
Lexus on Russian Federation Blvd in Teuk Laak 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said
the victim was hit in the chest with a silenced K-54 handgun by two robbers who attempted
to steal $200,000 just withdrawn from Maybank. Long Manith and Sam Son were arrested.
February 5: Vurn Voeun, 25, a construction worker, was sent to Calmette hospital
after he was beaten and injured at 6 am while sleeping on a bench in front of Langkar
pagoda in Boeng Keng Kang 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was hit
three times on the face with a hoe by his friend in revenge for being knocked down
in a gambling quarrel a few days earlier.
February 5: An American citizen, Beunet Steinmuller, 33, was shot with a K-59
handgun and wounded while riding on a moto-taxi at midnight in Tonle Bassac precinct,
Phnom Penh. The victim was hit in the kidneys by two robbers who attempted to steal
$30 in his bag. Leng Pha, 22, a moto driver, was arrested as he tried to escape º
after authorities arrived, but was released two days later.
February 6: Five people were injured after a grenade exploded in a drinking
quarrel at a wine shop in Prey Tear village, Dangkor district. Police said the grenade
was thrown by Soam Sam, 24, who was angry after his friends tried to wake him up
to drink wine after he was already very drunk. Sam, a former KR soldier from Kampong
Thom province, was severely injured.
February 6: Poeu Thy, 31, and Tidh, 20, were freed at midnight after their
families paid R1.8 million to kidnappers in Kampong Ampil village, Barai district,
Kampong Thom. Police said the victims were captured and brought into a forest while
they were on a boat fishing in Chinith tributary by three unknown men armed with
AK-47s who demanded a R2 million ransom.
February 7: Ny Siha, 19, was found floating in the Tonle Bassac in the morning
after he drowned two days earlier in Chroy Changva bridge precinct, Russei Keo district,
Phnom Penh. His mother told police that Siha, a student from Preah Sisowath high
school, jumped from the Japanese bridge as he was angry after he was criticized by
his parents for wasting their money.
February 7: Tuy Pros, 23, was sent to Calmette hospital after he was shot
and wounded at 10:55 pm in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. An eyewitness said that
Pros was hit with a bullet from a K-59 handgun by two unknown men on a motorbike
after he and his six other friends knocked down a cylo driver after he had criticized
them as drunkards while they were drinking wine on a street.
February 9: Noeu Veasna, 43, was found hanging from the wall of a neighbor's
house at 5 am in Toul Sangke village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. His wife,
Kim Hoeun reported to police that her husband hanged himself after testing HIV positive.
February 9: Three people were shot and wounded in Kralek Koeut village, Chamcar
Loeu district, Kampong Cham. Police said the victims, Chorn Theary, Lor Sambo, Touch
Yom, were shot with an AK-47 by five offenders who demanded $10,000 ransom. The kidnappers
were angry as one of the victims brought police to arrest them.
February 9: A 44-year-old man was arrested for an alleged rape in Prek Toal
village, Mean Chey district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest
came after his 18-year-old step-daughter complained to the court that she had been
raped by the suspect since she was 10-years-old, having previously kept silent for
after being threatened with a knife.