Police Blotter: 19 November 2005

Police Blotter: 19 November 2005

NOVEMBER 4: Five gunmen robbed a couple at midnight in Chong Caosu village,

Siem Reap province. Police said the robbers entered the house of Lay Meng, 45, and

shot him twice in the waist then shot his wife, Lor Sokunthea, 42, in the back after

shouting for help. The robbers collected four damleung and a half of jewelry and

some cash and then ran away. Police later arrested three of the suspects, Ngor Bunna,

Saut Ly, and Ly Vutha, 24.

NOVEMBER 4: Ly Bunheng, 54, was found hanged at 5:30 am from the roof of his

relative's house in Veal Vong commune, Kampong Cham province. The relative, Taing

Seang, 50, told police that Bunheang had come to stay with him for six months after

his wife left him, then had committed suicide after a blood test showed he was HIV


NOVEMBER 5: Police arrested a suspected robber, Bouy Nana, 18, as he tried

to escape on a stolen motorbike at 11:30 am in Psar Thmey 3 commune, Phnom Penh.

Police said Nana was caught in Olympic commune after he and his two accomplices stole

the bike from a girl, Chan Huychhoeng, 19. Huychhoeng said that the robbers aimed

a handgun at her, and stole her bike and telephone while she was parking and speaking

on the phone.

NOVEMBER 5: Nhel Sambath, 39, was arrested and charged with murdering her

husband in Troeuy Troeng village, Kandal province. Police said Sambath killed her

husband, Burn Seth, 38, with an axe while he was sleeping during the night, then

dumped his body about 70 meters from the house. Sambath told police she killed her

husband because he punched her while he was drunk.

NOVEMBER 6: A 46-year-old woman, Sim Ny, was found hanged at 6 pm at a guest

house in Trapaing Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. Police said Ny hanged herself because

a long illness had made her very poor.

NOVEMBER 7: Police came to inspect the bodies of two fishermen, Nheuk Sopheap,

19, and Teuk Voeun, 20, after they were found floating in a lake at 11 am in Kampong

Krasaing village, Takeo province. Police said Sopheap and Voeun were killed with

a knife and a spear while catching fish in the lake the previous night. Police said

revenge appeared to be the reason for the attack.

NOVEMBER 7: Police arrested two suspected robbers while they were riding a

motorbike in Bak Kheng village, Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the

pair, Chuon Samart, 21, and Lim Sambath, 22, tried to ride away after having robbed

a motorbike taxi driver the previous night in Psar Kandal 2 commune, Phnom Penh.

The driver was struck with a steel pipe and is in hospital.

NOVEMBER 7: Kong Kimyan, 36, who works in a fishery office, was arrested for

rape in Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville. Police said Kimyan detained a 16-year-old

girl at a house and raped her. The girl's parents were arrested for questioning because

police suspected they let Kimyan rape their daughter for money. The commune chief

said the parents had known about the rape but had not complained to the police.

NOVEMBER 8: Two gunmen escaped after killing a tontine collector, Chea Chrep,

33, at 6:30 pm in Sokrom Chum village, Kampong Cham province. Chea Chrep's widow

told police the gunmen entered her house and shot her husband twice in the neck and

the stomach with a handgun then escaped empty-handed on a motorbike. Police suspect

revenge was the motive because five days ago Chen went to Phnom Penh to collect money

from a debtor.

NOVEMBER 8: A motorbike taxi driver, Tim Ti, 23, was sent to a district hospital

for medical treatment after being knifed during a robbery in Rasmey Samaky village,

Malay district, Banteay Meanchey province. A passerby said two robbers chopped Ti

in the head and cut his neck with a heavy knife as he transported them from Sampov

Loon. The robbers ran away empty-handed after people arrived and tried to arrest


NOVEMBER 8: The body of Hap Thang, 34, was sent to her village in Poipet,

Banteay Meanchey province, after she was killed a week earlier in Thailand where

she worked with her husband, Yong Pan, 36. He said a Thai military police killed

his wife after raping her in a prison where she had been jailed for drug trafficking.

Pan said the Thai policeman strangled his wife then hanged her body in a prison bathroom

to make the death look like suicide.

NOVEMBER 9: Police arrested Saing Sovannasak, 26, and Toeun Sopheak, 25, after

they attacked San Samnang, 34, with a knife during an argument at 9:30 pm in Sleng

Roling village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Samnang was stabbed

four times and died on the way to Calmette Hospital. Police said Hong Varon, 32,

a friend of Samnang, was also stabbed twice and he is now getting medical treatment

at the hospital.

NOVEMBER 9: Pov Lay, 40, was shot dead at 7:30 pm in Kaki village, Kampong

Cham province. Police said Lay was reportedly shot four times in the shoulder, and

twice in the neck and the stomach with an AK-47 while driving home on a motorbike

from his farmland. Police suspect a revenge attack because the gunman escaped without

stealing the bike.

NOVEMBER 9: A 52-year-old man, Long Savuth, hanged himself in the early morning

at his house in Mouy Ousaphea village, Kampot province. A person who rented an apartment

downstairs said Savuth killed himself because of a family crisis.

NOVEMBER 10: Police inspected the body of a 40-year-old unidentified man found

dead in a lake at 8:30 am in Prek Tapov village, Phnom Penh. Police said the man

was killed by someone elsewhere and his body dumped there because his face had severe

injuries and his teeth had been broken.

NOVEMBER 10: Police arrested a fortune-teller, Prum Moeun, 55, and charged

him with attempting to rape a 45-year-old widow in Prey Tea village, Phnom Penh.

Police said the arrest came after the woman ran out of her house and shouted for

help saying the man was trying to rape her. The woman said she had consulted Moeun

about a mole on her body. He asked her to lie down on the bed, took her dress off,

advised her to have the mole cut off, then attempted to rape her.

NOVEMBER 10: A Khmer-Australian national, Anthy Lasin, 35, was robbed of her

money bag while she was riding on a cyclo with her mother at 6:30 pm in Psar Kandal

1 commune, Phnom Penh. Lasin complained to police that two teenagers seized her bag

then escaped on a motorbike. The bag contained $20,000 in cash, along with four diamond

watches, three diamond bracelets, three diamond necklaces, and five diamond rings

all valued at $113,000.

NOVEMBER 11: Police arrested four people while they were trying to escape

on a stolen motorbike at 8:45 am in Chhbar Ampov 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said

the four, Reach Sambo, 29, Chan Sanghak, 25, Ou Sarath, 27, and Ky Chamnan, 25, robbed

a woman, Phon Sreily, 26, and stole her bike while she was riding in the early morning

in Teuk Laak 2 commune, Phnom Penh.

NOVEMBER 11: A motorbike taxi driver, Chou Kimhout, 40, was robbed while parking

on the footpath to urinate at 4:30 am in Trapaing Chhouk village, on the outskirts

of Phnom Penh. Kimhout told police three robbers knocked him down with a stick then

stabbed him in the stomach with a knife when he resisted, and escaped on his bike.

NOVEMBER 12: Sagoun Lis, 28, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital for medical

treatment after being knifed at 6:30 pm while sitting in front of his house in Teuk

Laak 3 commune, Phnom Penh. A neighbor said three people with whom Lis had argued

earlier in the evening attacked him with heavy knives then escaped on a motorbike.

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



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