Police Blotter: 17 November, 2006

Police Blotter: 17 November, 2006


NOVEMBER 2: Korean Park Junho, 34, was found hanging dead in a rented house

in Sala Kanseng village, Siem Reap province. Chao Maovirak, deputy chief of the provincial

immigration office, said Park hanged himself with a tie in the bathroom because he

was in despair after losing money gambling.

NOVEMBER 2: Ngoun Lok, 34, a motorbike taxi driver, was taken to a provincial

hospital after his two passengers attacked him with a cleaver in a robbery at 6pm

in Koul Kup village, Kampong Chhnang province. Lok told police at the hospital that

the two robbers chopped him several times in the back then escaped on his bike after

he lost consciousness.

NOVEMBER 3: Two brothers, Chlat Saro, 42, and Chlat Sarun, 36, were sentenced

to 15 years each in prison after the provincial court found them guilty of murdering

the chief of Kampong Trea village, Kandal province. The presiding judge, Teang Sotha,

said the two brothers were arrested a day after killing village chief Leng Sokheng,

55, on May 16. Sokheng was shot three times with an AK-47 while watching television

with his wife. The court ordered the pair to pay 10 million riel to the victim's


NOVEMBER 3: A soldier, Neat Sophal, 21, was arrested and charged with shooting

dead Poun Sreyrouth, 18, in Prasard Thbeng village, Banteay Meanchey province, after

she rejected his advances. Sophal said he had tried to establish a relationship with

Sreyrouth but she had rejected him. Police said Sophal shot Sreyrouth three times

in the chest with an AK-47 while she was sleeping at her house.

NOVEMBER 3: Two monks were among four men arrested for the rape and murder

of a woman three days earlier in Char village, Kampong Speu province. Police said

the two monks, Lai Ra, 18, and Phoeun Vannak, 20, along with two other arrested people,

Phon Samon, 20, and San Sokmin, 17, raped Tun Koun, 41, then decapitated her.

NOVEMBER 5: Yon Hun, 30, was taken to Calmette Hospital after his friend shot

him during an argument at a karaoke shop in Tuol Sangke commune, Phnom Penh. A witness

said Hun was shot once in the face with a handgun after he broke the spectacles of

one of four people. The witness said the argument happened after the four refused

to share the cost of their drinks.

NOVEMBER 6: Police are looking for Yan Savy, 22, who killed his brother, Thorn

Ra, 26, at 8:20am in Prey Phae village, Takeo province. Police said Ra's throat was

cut while he was sleeping in a hammock at his house. Police said Savy was angry because

Ra attempted to kill their mother after she refused to give him 500,000 riel for

the last day of the Water Festival.

NOVEMBER 6: Kim Phearom, 25, was shot dead by robbers in Trapaing Thloeng

village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, while riding his motorbike home at night

from the Water Festival. His friend, Roeung Pheakdey, 19, told police that one of

two robbers blocked Phearom's path and shot him once in the head with a handgun,

then they escaped on his bike.

NOVEMBER 6: Orn Phalla, 23, was arrested after committing a robbery at around

9pm in Tuol Kauk village, Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh. Sok Heng, 24, told police

that Phalla and an accomplice seized his mobile phone and ran away while he was speaking

on the phone to his friend.

NOVEMBER 6: Chhoeun Nget, 31, died of severe head injuries in Banteay Meanchey

provincial hospital after her husband, Heng Chea, 35, beat her during an argument

in Khla Kham Chke village. Police said Nget's head was severely injured as she was

struck many times with a pestle. They arrested Chea whom they found hiding in a neighbor's


NOVEMBER 7: Chan Routha, 22, was sentenced to seven years in prison after

Phnom Penh municipal court found him guilty of a robbery in Psar Kandal 1 commune,

Phnom Penh. The presiding judge, Chhai Kong, said Routha was arrested on January

6, while he and six accomplices were beating a woman and stealing her mobilephone

at a riverside.

NOVEMBER 8: Moeung Vy, 39, was arrested for a murder-robbery two years ago

in Veal village, Takeo province. Police said Vy and his seven accomplices, who had

been arrested previously, escaped after killing Kouy Kheng, 50, with an AK-47 and

stealing her jewelry and $20,000 in cash during a night robbery.

NOVEMBER 8: Ym Aun, 37, a motorbike taxi driver, was shot and wounded during

a robbery about 8am in Steung Trang commune, Pailin municipality. Aun, who is being

treated at a municipal hospital, told police two robbers pretended to be passengers,

ordered him to stop and shot him in the arm with a handgun then escaped on his bike.

NOVEMBER 9: A student, Mean Phanit, 24, was shot in the head during a robbery

at 6:45pm in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. A passerby told police two robbers

on a motorbike blocked Phanit's path and shot him in the head with a handgun then

stole his motorbike. Police took Phanit to Tong Sinh clinic then he was transferred

to Calmette Hospital.

NOVEMBER 10: Police arrested three people trying to escape after a robbery

at 9:15pm in Tuol Kauk village, Phnom Penh. The arrested people were Vong Chantha,

20, Mout Sreang, 22, and Ouy Routh, 23. Police said they robbed Chheng Touch, 37,

a motorbike taxi driver. Touch was chopped on the head with a cleaver while carrying


NOVEMBER 10: Neak Soan, 49, was arrested and charge with raping a 14-year-old

girl in Trapaing Tea village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest

followed a complaint from the girl's parents. The couple said Soan took their daughter

to a guesthouse where he raped her. Soan denied rape and said the girl had consented

to having sex with him.

NOVEMBER 10: Noeu Launh, 43, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after Kandal

provincial court found him guilty of raping a seven-year-old girl in Prek Russey

village, Kandal province. The presiding judge, Chey Sovan, said Sovan was arrested

a day after he raped the girl on May 21. The court ordered Launh to pay the girl

eight million riel damages.

NOVEMBER 11: Police are looking for Koeut Pek, 29, who escaped after injuring

his brother-in-law, Tan Nal, 24, during an argument about 2pm in Tuol Chambak village,

Kampong Cham province. A witness told police the argument happened after Pek cut

grass on his land. Pek chopped Nal in the temple with an ax and hit him three times

with the back of the ax.

NOVEMBER 12: At least six people drowned after a floating house sank in a

river at 2:30pm in Svay Rolum commune, Kandal province. Police said the house belonged

to Sok Chanthy, 35, who died with two children. Three others who drowned, Meas Bunreth,

65, Srey Na, 21, and his two-year-old daughter, had come from Phnom Penh for a party.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun



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