JULY 4: Police shot dead two suspected robbers as they tried to evade arrest
on a motorbike at 8:30 am on Norodom Boulevard in K'bal Thnal precinct, Chamkar Morn
district, Phnom Penh. Police believe Luy Lin, 26, and a 27-year-old man known as
'Ra', were bodyguards of Prince Norodom Ranariddh. They shot at police after they
were ordered to stop at a checkpoint in Russey Keo. One passerby was also killed
and seven others injured in the crossfire.
JULY 4: Three suspects were arrested at 10:30 am for stealing a motorbike
in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Pai Saret, 24, told police that 20-year-olds Seng
Poeu, Ly Bunlin, and Sok Kha had threatened to stab him to death the previous evening,
before stealing his motorbike.
JULY 5: Choun Sarin, 21, a motodop driver, was robbed at 8:10 am in Trea village,
Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. The victim told police that two passengers pistol-whipped
him with a K-54 handgun and then escaped on his bike.
JULY 5: Eav Heng, 62, was shot dead during a robbery at midnight in Phnom
Tauch village, Mongkol Borei district, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said two
men entered Heng's house. He axed one, but was then shot once in the stomach with
JULY 6: Two people died instantly in an accident at midnight on National Road
5 in Tros village, Thmar Kaul district, Battambang. Provincial traffic office chief
Sin Nhep said the victims, Nop Rithy, 18, and Chea Bunthoeun, 21, drowned after their
car hit a bridge post and plunged into a canal. It is thought the pair had been speeding
on the road from Banteay Meanchey to Battambang.
JULY 6: Meas Bopha, 29, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after
attempting suicide at 8:30 pm in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the enraged
woman stabbed herself in the chest with a knife after she discovered her husband
was having an affair.
JULY 7: Kea, 37, was knifed by a gang at 9 pm as he left a karaoke shop in
Thmey village, Svay Teap district, Svay Rieng province. Police said the gang chopped
Kea in the head and right cheek after he refused to hand over 3,000 riel. Passerby
Von Saren, 43, was also severely injured.
JULY 7: Police arrested Sagout Seat, 42, on a murder charge at 7:30 pm in
Khbal Damrey village, Chikreng district, Siem Reap province. Police said Seat, who
was drunk, had killed her husband during an argument. Puot Sem, 52, was stabbed in
the chest and died instantly.
JULY 8: Sak Saron, 33, was arrested for the suspected murder of his wife,
Hem Kunthea, the previous week in Thom village, Kampong Ror district, Svay Rieng
province. Police said Saron killed her for 400,000 riel, six million Vietnamese dong
and five chi of gold, which were in her possession. Hem Kunthea, 34, was axed in
the head and knifed in the throat during a night of family violence.
JULY 9: A beer girl, Sok La, 23, was sent to Calmette Hospital after she attempted
suicide at about 8:00 am in Monorom commune, Phnom Penh. Police said she slashed
her wrists after her husband and mother-in-law kicked her out of the house. The woman
said she would file a complaint with a human rights organization.
JULY 9: Ieng Mab, 35, died instantly after a grenade exploded at midnight
in Dach Proat village, Battambang province. Her husband, Ouch Hay, 36, who was injured
at the same time, told police an unknown man opened the window and threw the grenade
into the house before escaping on foot. His three-year-old daughter was also injured.
The motive is not known.
JULY 9: Chan Mouy, 14, was shot and wounded in a robbery at 11 am while riding
on a motorbike with her brother-in-law, Khit Soam, 35, in Boeung Ting village, Kampong
Cham province. Soam told police that three gunmen blocked his path and shot his sister
in the leg before escaping empty-handed. Soam identified one of them as a neighbor.
JULY 9: Funcinpec activist Wardh Kem, 58, was found dead at his farm in Kauk
Chhnoul village, Angkor Chum district, Siem Reap province. Police said he was chopped
on the head seven times. Kern's father-in-law, Noi Soeun, 65, was later arrested
for questioning. Soeun had reportedly threatened to kill Kem recently with an ax.
JULY 10: Police arrested a Flying Tiger policeman, Loung Vanna, 42, for the
suspected murder of a motodop driver at 7:20 am in Boeung Kak 1 commune, Tuol Kork
district, Phnom Penh. Police said Than Bunthoeun, 28, was shot three times with an
AK-47 after he tried to help his wife who was arguing with Vanna's wife. He died
JULY 10: Police arrested two men accused of a kidnapping in Poipet, Banteay
Meanchey province. Police said Eng Kak, 20, and Chhean Ron, 28, kidnapped a 17-year-old
girl and demanded a 3,000 baht ransom. She told police the kidnappers had threatened
to rape her, then stole her mobile phone and a platinum necklace.
JULY 10: Fortune-teller Math Mary, 31, was arrested after she was accused
of a kidnapping in Chamkar Samrong village, Battambang province. Prum Chea, 52, told
police the woman cheated him out of $260 in cash after she promised to tell him the
whereabouts of his daughter, who has been missing for a month.
JULY 10: Sam Rainsy Party activist Khoun Sok, 45, was beaten to death at 6:15
pm in Chambak Ron village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Sok was struck several
times on the head with a stick by his 20-year-old son, Suon Puotly. Police say the
son was angry because Khoun had tried to stab his mother in an argument. Police have
JULY 11: Yean Moeun, 45, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment
after being knifed during a drunken argument in O'Choeu Teal village, Stung Trang
district, Kampong Cham province. Police said the man was chopped in the head and
shoulder by his friend, Ros Mol, 35, who escaped.
JULY 11: Ung Sokoeun, 17, was found dead at 9 am about 200 meters from her
house in Chi He village, Koh Sotin district, Kampong Cham province. Police said the
girl was reportedly strangled with a rope while her mother was away from home. Police
suspect thieves murdered her, because her six chi gold necklace was missing.
JULY 11: Som Visal, 30, a reporter at the Business News, was robbed of his
new motorbike while driving home at 6 pm in Khbal Tomnop village, Meanchey district,
Phnom Penh. Visal said two men on a motorbike blocked his path and struck him on
the back of the head with the butt of a handgun before fleeing with his bike.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun