Police Blotter: 18 July 2003

Police Blotter: 18 July 2003

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

an AK-47.

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

arrested Puotly.

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



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