MAY 7: Meas Chhem, 22, was sent to a hospital for medical treatment after
a group of ten assailants attacked him with a knife during a nighttime dancing argument
in Sandan village, Kampong Thom province. A witness said the assailants knocked Chhem
down and one of them stabbed him in the stomach, then ran away. However, police arrested
one of the perpetrators, who identified the others.
MAY 7: A 19-year-old boy, Koy Leangho, was arrested for rape in Kampong Loung
village, Takeo province. Police said Leangho raped a 16-year-old girl when she went
to use the toilet behind her house. The girl told police that Leangho pointed a knife
at her before the rape, but Leangho denied this, saying they had been in love for
more than one year. He said they had sex once before.
MAY 8: Police arrested five people trying to escape after committing a robbery
at midnight in Doeum Sleng village, Phnom Penh. Police said the suspects, Seang Me,
24, Chhurn Pros, 27, Chan Bunthoeun, 25, Sek Vuotha, 22, and Proeun Sophat, 25, stopped
a moto-taxi driver, Khun Vorak, 24, and demanded his key. Sophat said they tried
to run away after he shouted for help.
MAY 9: Than Sophors, 21, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after
being knifed in a robbery at midnight while returning home from a restaurant where
he worked as a singer in Prek Leap commune, Phnom Penh. Sophors told police he was
stabbed once in the stomach by Sok Ti, 21, who was arrested on the scene. Sophors
said he just made friends with Ti while eating sweets before the robbery.
MAY 9: French national, Charrieke My, 35, died instantly from a head injury
during an accident while driving a motorcycle at 8:30 p.m. in downtown Sihanoukville.
A witness told police that the man was driving his bike very fast and crashed into
a road divider that had just been built.
MAY 9: A crowd of people arrested one of two men trying to steal a motorbike
at 11:20 a.m. in Chatomuk commune, Phnom Penh. Hang Hibunara, 23, told police that
Som Rith, 40, a motorbike taxi driver and his accomplice cheated him for his motorbike.
Hibunara said they asked to buy his bike, but one of them tested his bike and rode
away. The other man was detained and later handed over to police.
MAY 10: Phnom Penh municipal Court sentenced a Vietnamese national, Mai Thithi,
36, to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking. The judge, Sao Meach said Thithi
was arrested in early December last year after police found 2,154 pills of yama at
her guesthouse in Me Phloeung precinct, Chamcar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Thithi
said at the hearing that she knew nothing of the drugs. She said a neighbor identified
as Lang telephoned her and asked if a friend could stay in Thithi's room. Thithi
agreed but said the friend later left some materials in the room, asking Thithi to
take care of her things. MAY 10: Eang Dara, 23, was arrested for a robbery he committed
the previous week in Phnom Penh. Police said Dara and his four accomplices robbed
a jewelry vendor at O'Russei market and they tried to escape with a jewelry bag containing
more than 100 damleung of gold. Dara was later found hiding with his wife in a cave
in Tar Kriam commune, Battambang province.
MAY 11: Soung San, 52, a poor farmer, was shot dead while sitting and talking
with his neighbors at 7:30 p.m. in Khnong Ai village, Kampong Speu province. Police
said San was shot once in the stomach with an AK-47 by an unidentified man who escaped
on foot. Police suspect revenge was the motivation of the killing because some people
were not happy with San, as he was a sorcerer.
MAY 11: Phnom Penh municipal court prosecutor Ouk Savuth charged three officials
from the Federal Union of Solidarity with receiving bribes and damaging property
at the Maurea Garment Corp in Svay Pak commune, Phnom Penh. A court official said
that the cases of Nay Sokveasna, Ly Sophy, and Sun Channara, had been passed to investigation
judge Thoang Ol. The official said three representatives extorted the factory of
$1,000 ransom to stop a demonstration. They have been remanded at Prey Sar prison.
MAY 12: Police arrested four robbers who stole a motorbike in Teuk Vil commune,
Kampong Thom province. Police said the suspects were Sar Thea, 24, Hin Heap, 18,
Kim Ron, 32, and Prak Pros, 21. A moto-taxi driver said the robbers offered a fee
of 20,000 riel to drive them somewhere, but then stabbed him in the neck with a knife
and attempted to flee.
MAY 12: Nop Phoeun, 24, a recycling vendor, was found dead at 11:30 a.m. in
Phnom Tamao village, Takeo province. A villager told police that he suspected two
people riding with Phoeun's were likely to have been involved in his murder. Police
said Phoeun was stabbed in the neck and his throat had been cut with a knife. The
killers escaped leaving Phoeun's motorbike at the scene.
MAY 12: A farmer, Chap Sin, 62, had five buffaloes stolen at midnight in Paun
Khang Koeut village, Prey Veng province. The man told police that two gunmen entered
his house and aimed at him before escaping with his buffaloes.
MAY 13: The body of a 20-year-old unidentified man was found floating in a
river in Prek Tasek village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the man
was murdered and his body dumped in the river up to a week earlier. Police said the
body was axed once in the forehead.
MAY 13: Chey Lun, 23, was sent to Takeo provincial hospital for medical treatment
after being axed during a nighttime dancing argument at a neighbor's wedding party
in Tasom village. Police said Lun was struck six times by four people who escaped
after the assault. Police said the man probably died quickly because he had massive
MAY 14: Seang Chantha, an 18-year old monk, was arrested for rape in Trapaing
Chhouk village, Kampong Speu province. Chantha confessed to police that he raped
a 10-year-old girl while she was playing in the pagoda where he lived.
MAY 14: Chea Bunhing, 25, was arrested after being caught with two kilograms
of narcotics in a plastic bag while waiting for a buyer in Prek Leap commune, Russei
Keo district, Phnom Penh. Bunhing, a policeman, told police that he had received
a telephone call from a man named Bo, who he claimed to have never met, asking Bunhing
to deliver the drugs to an unidentified man. Bunhing said Bo had promised to pay
MAY 15: Phum Thol, 33, was shot dead in a robbery at 8:30 p.m. in Sdok Chhouk
village, Kandal province. Seang Touch, 26, told police that a group of five gunmen
entered her house and shot her husband three times with an AK-47. The men then tied
up of her arms while they stole a motorbike and $160 in cash.
MAY 16: Keo Vichit, 33, was arrested for a theft he committed a week earlier
in Thmey village, Kandal province. Police said the arrest came after a motorbike
taxi driver, Oeun Uy, 23, complained that Vichit asked him for a test ride of his
bike, but drove away to Boeung Sokrom village, Banteay Meanchey province. Vichit
told police that he sold the bike for $300 to unidentified buyer.
MAY 16: Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he tried to steal money from
a Khmer noodle seller at 10:30 p.m. in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. The woman told
police the man had bought a bowl of noodles for 500 riel, but after he picked up
her knife and stabbed her once in the arm, before attempting to steal her money.
He was caught after the seller shouted for help.
MAY 17: Two policemen, Kang Sam An and Long Sokunthy were shot and severely
wounded while trying to stop a gunman attempting to rob a villager at 10:30 a.m.
in Prek Thnoat commune, Kampot province. Provincial criminal police office chief
Kong Sokhan said the robber was fatally gunned down after he shot Sam An in the underarm,
then he shot Sokunthy in the stomach with a K-54 handgun. Sam An and Sokunthy were
sent to a provincial hospital for surgery but were later transferred to a hospital
in Phnom Penh.
MAY 17: Police are looking for a woman, Saing Kim, 45, who escaped with her
12-year-old daughter after killing her husband, Em Yong, 48, in Dang Rong village,
Pursat province. Police said Kim was probably angry as she learned that her husband,
commune chief of Koh Chum, had been extra-loved by another woman in Battambang province.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun