Police Blotter: 17, August 2001

Police Blotter: 17, August 2001



AUGUST 2: A 19-year-old woman, Touch Sreynan, was found dead in the early

morning at her house in Chi Ke village, Thbaung Khmum district, Kampong Cham. Police

said robbery was the motive as her three-chi gold earrings had been stolen.


AUGUST 2: Sok Eng, 41, was sent to Calmette Hospital after he was knifed

and seriously injured in a family quarrel at 8:10am in Depot 1 precinct, Phnom Penh.

Police said the victim was stabbed once in the stomach by his wife, Tuy Siengdy,

36, a gold seller, who was angry after she suspected her husband had taken a lover.

Siengdy was later arrested.

AUGUST 3: A 21-year-old woman, Chhoeun Sophan, died in hospital after losing

consciousness at her house in Toul Languieng village, Sangke district, Battambang.

District Police Chief Pheng Sophal said that Sophan had poisoned herself after her

parents criticized her behavior when she returned from a festival ceremony.

AUGUST 3: Doch Chhoeun, 47, was beaten to death at 7:30pm in Viel village,

Siem Reap. Police said the victim was hit three times on the head and twice on the

neck with a spade by a 32- year-old drunken man, Pim Choy. Choy was angry at Chhoeun,

who had tried to prevent him raping Chhoeunís niece at her house.

AUGUST 4: Chhit Ran, 49, was beaten to death in a quarrel at 10:30am in

Khnach Choa village, Tram Kak district, Takeo. Police said the victim, the second

wife of Mam Mon, 63, was hit on the head with a hoe by her stepson, Mom Chea, 29.

Chea was angry at Ran after some cows ate the family seedlings. Chea, who had resigned

from the priesthood eight months earlier, escaped.

AUGUST 4: Hor Sokhieng, 25, was shot dead and his girlfriend raped at 9:30pm

in Srah Por village, Ponhea Leu district, Kandal. His girlfriend, San Sokun, 17,

told police that Sokhieng was shot once in the right eye with an AK-47 by one of

two men who attacked them. Sokhiengís motorbike was stolen and the men escaped.

AUGUST 4: Pronh Thun, 38, was found hanging in a cottage near a lotus lake

in Svay Chek village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A villager

said that Thun had been involved in a deal to sell 250 hectares of communal land,

which would net each family in the commune $113. The deal fell through and police

suspect he was poisoned with alcohol then hanged.

AUGUST 5: A 26-year-old woman, Tuoch Sovan, was found dead at 7am at her

house in Thmar Da village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal. Police said Sovan, who was

married with one child, may have had a heart attack after arguing with her mother-in-law,

who wanted her to leave after a family quarrel.

AUGUST 5: Two passengers died and four others were seriously injured in

an accident at 1:30pm on National Road 4 in Phasah Samaki precinct, Chhbar Morn district,

Kampong Speu. Police said the victimsí car, a Toyota Camry, was hit by a truck carrying

rocks. The driver of the truck had lost control and the vehicle overturned, crushing

the car.

AUGUST 5: Saing Hoeun, 37, a moto-taxi driver, was killed and his body

dropped in a forest near the Sihanoukville radio station. A worker told police that

the victim had his throat cut while fighting off two passengers trying to steal his

bike. The robbers escaped on foot after hitting a tree 200 meters from the scene.

AUGUST 5: Vaul Kia, 41, and Mao Lom, 41, were killed instantly when a B-40

bomb exploded during a family quarrel at 5pm at their house in Svay village, Kam

Rieng district, Battambang. Police said Kia knocked the bomb to the floor in anger

after his wife had talked to the man next door.

AUGUST 6: Soy Sarith, 41, was seriously injured and sent to Preah Sihanouk

hospital after being robbed on Street 434 in Tumnop Teuk precinct, Phnom Penh. Police

said the victim, a moto-taxi driver, was ordered to park his bike, then hit several

times on the head with a hammer.

AUGUST 7: Ung Ham, 53, a moto-taxi driver, was sent to Chantria Vuth hospital

for treatment after he was beaten and seriously injured at 9:20pm in Trea village,

Mean Chey district. Police said Ham, who had only started his job a few days earlier,

was hit several times on the head with a triangular stick by his passenger who then

stole the bike.

AUGUST 7: Tuy Veng Lon, 17, a pickpocket, was sent to hospital after he

was knocked down while riding his motorbike at 4:15pm in Tumnop Rolak village, Mittapheap

district, Sihanoukville. Lon told police that his accomplices were angry after he

refused to share $300 he had stolen from a foreigner a few days earlier.

AUGUST 8: A seven-year-old girl, Sok Seng, was found floating in a canal

in the early morning in Prek Ho village, Ponhea Leu district, Kandal. Police said

the victim was killed the previous day after going swimming with her neighbor, Sao

Thia, 17, who stole her gold earrings worth $17. The suspect was later arrested.

AUGUST 8: San Eng, 28, a moto-taxi driver, was robbed while carrying a

passenger at 5am in Ta Mauk village, Ponhea Leu district, Kandal. Police said Eng

was threatened by two men in military uniform armed with AK-47s. Hoi, 27, a security

guard with MPI, was shot in the right leg while chasing the robbers.

AUGUST 8: Sok Kry, 63, was severely wounded in the head and shoulder, and

his wife, Mei Khan, 40, was injured in the leg after two grenades exploded at 10:30pm

inside the Funcinpec headquarters in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the

grenades were thrown over the wall of the headquarters by two unknown men who escaped

on a motorbike.

AUGUST 9: Ma Sovanny, 33, a Khmer traditional drug seller, was shot and

wounded at 1:30pm outside her house in OíRussei 3 Precinct, Phnom Penh. Sovanny was

hit on the temple with a K-59 handgun by an unknown man. Police found a registration

card nearby which they believe may belong to the suspect.

AUGUST 9: Mom Sankana, 36, a pilot, was shot and wounded and robbed of

his motorbike at 6:45pm on National Road 6A in Khdey Chas village, Kandal. Police

said the victim, a pilot with Royal Air Cambodge, was shot twice in the stomach and

once in the waist with a K-54 handgun by one of three assailants.

AUGUST 9: Chum Phally, 36, a gold seller from Pasah Leu market, was robbed

while waiting for the gate to open at 5:30pm in Lek Pi commune, Mittapheap district,

Sihanoukville. Phally told police that two men threatened her with a handgun and

stole 30 damleung of gold, $1,500 in cash, 8,000 baht and her mobile phone.

AUGUST 10: Sim Phally, 41, a gold seller, was robbed of her jewelry at

7am while leaving her house on street 204 in Teuk Laak 3 commune, Toul Kok district,

Phnom Penh. Eyewitnesses said the victim was threatened by two men carrying a handgun.

They escaped with her bag containing 25 damleung of gold and 230,000 riel.

AUGUST 11: Phay Hei, 47, died instantly and three other passengers were

sent to Calmette Hospital after they were severely injured in an accident at 8:30

am while riding a motorbike on National Road 5 in Khlaing Sbek village, Kandal. Police

said the victims were hit by a tourist car after their bike was knocked down by another


AUGUST 11: Long Piseth, 31, a moto-taxi driver, was arrested after he attempted

to rob his passenger at night on Street 180 in Boeng Raing Commune, Phnom Penh. Police

said Piseth held a knife to the neck of Chin Vichit, 33, a karaoke singer at the

XO Club. He stole $12, but fell off his bike while trying to escape. The money was

then stolen by passers-by.

AUGUST 11: A tourist car being driven from Phnom Penh to Pursat Province

overturned and rolled into a canal at 8am on National Road 5 in Toul Ngoak village,

Ponhea Leu district, Kandal. District Military Police Chief Nang Nget said that a

40-year-old woman, Panha, died and three other passengers were severely injured.

The driver fled on foot.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by

Aun Pheap


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