DECEMBER 3: Police arrested Yim Pumchantha, 40, who is accused of
committing a murder six years ago in Phnom Penh. Police said Pumchantha killed a
telephone shop owner, Ung Suymeng, and fled to Romchek Mouy village in
Battambang Province where he was born. Suymeng was kidnapped in Phnom Penh Thmey
Commune and later murdered even after his family paid a $40,000
DECEMBER 3: A suspected murderer, Peak Pin, was arrested
at 7:00 a.m. at his home in Neak Loeung Village, Prey Veng Province. Police said
Pin escaped after he committed a murder during a robbery in 1996. Police are
looking for two other accomplices who were involved in the murder. They are Kan
Kean, 43, and Prich An, 27, who are believed to be hiding at Anlong Ngan
Village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
DECEMBER 4: Sok Kimna,
37, a market vendor, was robbed while returning home on a motorbike in Kampong
Bai Village, Kampot Province. Kimna said two robbers blocked her motorbike and
hit her face with the butt of a handgun then shot once into the air before
stealing a money bag containing 9 million riels, 10 million dong, 50,000 baht,
US$5,000, 30 damleung of gold, and 40 damleung of platinum.
5: Two civilian gunmen escaped on a stolen motorbike after killing a woman
in a robbery at 6:10 a.m. in Lar Ith Village, Kandal Province. A witness said
they killed the woman with a K-54 handgun while she was on a bike driven by her
husband, Song Hen, 24, a teacher at Sambour Meas primary school. Hen said his
wife was shot in the eye after shouting for help.
DECEMBER 6: A
coffee shop owner, Yoeung Thiha, 25, was axed and severely injured at 7:00 a.m.
in Borey Chulsar Village, Takeo Province. Police said Thiha was chopped twice by
a fisherman, Kau Sambath, 43, who was arrested. Sambath told police he was angry
for waiting too long for the coffee he ordered.
DECEMBER 6: Sok
Sopheak, 24, was sent to the provincial hospital for medical treatment after
being knifed during an argument at 9:30 p.m. in Damrey Chornkhlar village,
Kampong Thom Province. Police said Sopheak was stabbed twice in the chest and
the waist while fighting with a neighbor, Chap Tongse, 28, who escaped.
DECEMBER 7: A group of gunmen escaped in a car after an attempted
kidnapping at 5:30 a.m. on Monivong Boulevard in O'Russei 4 Precinct, Phnom
Penh. Police said the bad guys tried to capture Heng Sivheang, 49, the owner of
Heng Chamnol Electric Supplies shop. Sivheang said his wife, Phy Chhayhun, 44,
was shot in the leg with a K-59 handgun after coming to help
DECEMBER 7: Tes Soeung, 60, and his two daughters were
kidnapped while having dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Chong Daung Village, Kampong Thom
Province. Police said five gunmen grabbed the victims and brought them to a
nearby forest, then they demanded 10 million riels ransom. Police are looking
for the kidnapers after they released Soeung to go back home to collect money
DECEMBER 8: Sean Van, 39, was sent to Preah Kossamak
Hospital for medical treatment after being knifed while drinking wine with seven
neighbors in Prey Thkao Village, Kampong Speu Province. Police said Van was
chopped ten times while arguing with Dia Thear, 28, who was
DECEMBER 8: The body of Kin Kun, 60, was found at a pond
near his farmland in Tuol Pongra Villager, Takeo Province. Police said the man
was reportedly murdered with an AK-47 and his body dumped there after his head
was cut off with a knife. The reason of the killing is not known, but police
suspect revenge was the motivation.
DECEMBER 9: Police are looking
for three robbers who escaped after committing a murder during a robbery at 7:30
p.m. in Prey Samrong Village, Kandal Province. A pupil said the robbers asked a
motodop driver, Thay Chanthy, 24, to stop and cut his throat with a knife, then
they stole his bike while carrying them from Khlaing Romseav to the place where
he was killed.
DECEMBER 9: Police arrested five people after they
committed a robbery in Phnom Penh. Police said one of the five robbers, Nget
Chanboty, 20, a son of a general who works at the Ministry of Interior, tried to
escape after he and other accomplices robbed a telephone shop four days ago.
Police said the five robbers were charged in connection with the robbery but the
general plans to pay $10,000 to release his son.
Police arrested a militia man, Lai Nak, 36, after he committed a murder in
Khsach Krom Village, Koh Kong Province. Police said the man killed Phoeung
Phoeun, 24, with an AK-47 while illegally fishing in the sea.
10: A 24-year-old man, Tor, was found dead in a sack in Poi Pet Commune,
Banteay Meanchey Province. Police said Tor was murdered elsewhere and his body
dropped there the previous night. The reason for the murder was not
DECEMBER 10: Man San, 47, was arrested after being accused
of a rape committed two days earlier in Prey Chamkar Village, Prey Veng
Province. Police said the man raped his niece while she was watching television
at his house. The 14-year-old girl said San threatened to kill her during the
DECEMBER 10: Ouk Ronpisal Piseth, 43, a military medical
worker, committed suicide at Monorom guest house in Srah Chak Commune, Phnom
Penh. Police said Piseth hanged himself after a crisis because he owed money to
his neighbors. Piseth played as a master tontine but some clients didn't pay him
back after they collected money from him.
DECEMBER 11: Chhim
Sarin, 39, was found hanged from a tree in the early morning behind his house in
O'Tanop Village, Battambang Province. A neighbor, Varth Neang, 48, told police
that Sarin was probably murdered and his body hanged there as he told her the
previous day that someone attempted to kill him.
DECEMBER 11: So
Nhek, 48, was shot dead during an argument in Doeum Beng Village, Takeo
Province. Police said Nhek was shot twice in the chest and the waist with an
AK-47 by her brother, So Sean, 53, who is the chief of a police station of
Prasard Commune. Sean was angry after his sister asked for the salary of her
husband, Bo, who worked as a policeman. Bo had never received his salary since
he worked with Sean.
DECEMBER 11: Chhom Chheang, 25, was found
dead in a rice field in Samrong Teav Village, Phnom Penh. Police said Chheang
was strangled to death with a krama while cutting grass for his cows. Police
suspect revenge was the motivation or the killing because his motorbike was not
DECEMBER 12: A military policeman, Um Englivichit, 43, was
shot and later died at Calmette Hospital after a robbery at 6:20 a.m. while
walking to Boeng Keng Kang Market in Phnom Penh where his wife worked as a gold
vendor. Police said three robbers shot Englivichit three times with a handgun
then escaped after stealing $7,000 worth of jewelry.
A 28-year-old woman, Set Sreypov, was accidentally shot and wounded while
speaking on a telephone at 8:00 p.m. in Stung Meanchey Precinct, Phnom Penh. A
witness said the woman was shot when two groups of gangsters exchanged gunfire
during an argument.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap
and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap