DECEMBER 20: Police are looking for Phao Pheak, 17, who escaped after committing
a murder at 8:30 pm in Andong Trom village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Pheak
was angry and killed his uncle, Yin Poeun, 34, while arguing with his mother, Yin
Yom, 37. Poeun was knifed twice in the head and died on the scene.
DECEMBER 20: An ambulance took a cyclo driver, Mom Sophat, 30, to Preah Kossamak
hospital for treatment after being knifed during an argument at 10 pm in O'Russei
precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Sophal was stabbed in the arm by another cyclo
driver who was identified as Khmao. Khmao was angry as Sophal prepared his work for
tomorrow to get a fruit vendor who is a customer used by Khmao.
DECEMBER 20: Chin Sovichit, 23, was knifed to death in a night-time argument
while driving a motorbike in Russey village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police
said Sovichit was killed with a knife by a group of gangsters. Sovichit parked his
bike to find someone who screamed to him while driving fast as he returned from buying
a beer for his friend's birthday.
DECEMBER 20: Neang Sovanny, 50, who is the owner of Phinimex Pearnich company,
was arrested for cheating money in Boeng Keng Kang 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Men Tech,
49, told the court that Sovanny borrowed $291,260 in cash since 1998. Police said
Sovanny was also charged of cheating $15,000 from Khieu Visas, and $6,000 from Nia
DECEMBER 21: Pek Yoeum, 35, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment
after being knifed at 10:30 pm in Chorm village, Kampong Thom province. Police said
Yoeum was stabbed once in the stomach by his friend, Doeu Sok, 34, a militia at Taing
Krasao Police station. Sok was angry after Yoeum tried to stop him while beating
a neighbor woman when he was drunk.
DECEMBER 21: Police arrested three suspected robbers in O'Russei 1 commune,
Phnom Penh. Police said they robbed a jewelry shop then they escaped on two motorbikes
with 300 damleung of gold. Khoal Von, 38, the shop owner told police the robbers
aimed at his guard and picked up his AK-47 then shot several times into the air.
The shop had been robbed of $100,000 in cash during 1999.
DECEMBER 21: Sok Khvear, 17, was arrested for a rape he committed the previous
night in Am Laing village, Kampong Speu province. Police said the man tried to escape
after he raped a 5-year-old girl.
DECEMBER 22: A 36-year-old woman, Hok Chhunkiri, was found dead at 6:30 am
at her home in Pratas Laing village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom
Penh. Police have no comment for the reason, but they said Chhunkiri committed suicide
with 78 tablets of medicine.
DECEMBER 22: Police arrested Kit Sei, 24, after he committed a murder two
days ago in Andort village, Barai district, Kampong Thom. Police said the man killed
Ek Hul, 25, who had been a secret lover with his wife. Hul was knifed five times
and died later after he attempted killing Kit Sei with a long stick while leaving
home for cleaning his face in the early morning.
DECEMBER 22: Heng Pesith, 20, was sent to a hospital for treatment after being
knifed during an argument in Chbar Ampov 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Pesith
was chopped in the head by his friend, Ly Sang, 21, who was later arrested. Sang
told police he was angry as Pesith did not invite him for a drink after they stole
a handphone and sold for some money.
DECEMBER 22: Thar Anny, 45, a Taiwanese national, was shot and seriously wounded
at 8:30 pm in Psar Thmei 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Anny, who is the owner
of Cambo Trading company, was shot in the temple with a silencer while speaking on
a mobilephone inside her residence. Anny was sent to Calmette Hospital, but later
sent to Thailand for surgery. The reason for the shooting is not known.
DECEMBER 23: A 59-year-old drunken man, Siem Yun, was lifted up out of water
for inspection after being found floating at a pond in Wat Romdoul village, Battambang
province. Police said the man possibly died from drowning while getting water for
having a shower when he was drunk.
DECEMBER 23: Police are looking for Ith Vichay, 19, a student at Baphnom Junior
High School, after he was accused of rape in Tung Neak village, Prey Veng province.
An 8-year-old girl told police that Vichay persuaded her to a nearby forest and raped
her then he escaped.
DECEMBER 23: A 30-year-old unidentified man was gunned down at around 4 am
in Angkor village, Battambang province. A villager told police the man, a Vietnamese
national possibly, was shot once and knifed several times while riding on a motorbike
with two other men. Police suspect the victim was murdered to keep quiet after he
and his men committed robbery.
DECEMBER 23: Sar Socheat, 16, and Phear Sithan, 15, were shot dead at 7:10
pm in Prek Tayoi village, Svay Reang province. Police said the boys were killed with
an AK-47 while fishing at a lake about 170 meters from their home. Doung Pha, 35,
and Doung Samphors, 30, were arrested for questioning as police thought they did
the murder. Police said revenge was the motive as Doung Pha had recently argued with
the victims' family over a land issue.
DECEMBER 24: The body of a 19-year-old man, Taing Meng, was found floating
in Steung Sangke tributary located in Battambang province. Police said Meng, who
went missing two days ago, was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped there. Police
suspect a group of gangsters did the murder as the victim had been seen along with
those people before he died.
DECEMBER 24: Moung Sokphoeun, 43, was shot and wounded at 6:30 pm in Kralanh
Thom village, Prey Veng province. Police said Sokphoeun was shot once while returning
home on a motorbike. Police said revenge was the motive as the gunman escaped empty-handed
after the shooting.
DECEMBER 24: A couple, Tuy Tean, 35, and Yong Sokha, 36, were fatally gunned
down at 8:30 pm in Krapeu Sar village, Kampong Cham province. Police said the victims
were killed with an AK-47 while harvesting at a ricefield. Police suspect revenge
was the motive as the couple's property were not stolen.
DECEMBER 25: Yun Kim, 19, an ordinary monk, was found hanged at Ponreay pagoda
in Choeung Ang village, Kampong Cham province. A Bott told police the monk worried
and committed suicide after the pagoda's commission needed money back as he had borrowed
DECEMBER 25: El Theara, 23, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being axed
in a night-time robbery while parking his motorbike to speak on a telephone on Monivong
Boulevard in Beung Trabek commune, Phnom Penh. A passerby told police Theara was
chopped three times in the head after trying to run behind a group of gangsters who
picked up his handphone.
DECEMBER 26: Yim Chanrom, 24, who is an employee at the Fines Art organization
(FA), was arrested for rape in Anchanh village, Battambang province. Police said
Chanrom raped a 16-year-old girl while working at the orphanage. The girl, who was
raped by her father when she was 11 years old, told police Chanrom promised to marry
her after she had been raped since July. Chanrom was also charged for another rape.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun