Police Blotter: 21 May 2004

Police Blotter: 21 May 2004

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MAY 7: Prak Choeun, 38, was shot dead while asleep at his house in Rom

Doul village, Prey Veng province. His wife told police an unknown man entered

the house and opened fire seven times at her husband with an AK-47 then he ran

away empty-handed. Police had no comment on the killing.

MAY 7: A

15-year-old girl filed a complaint to police demanding $3,000 in damages from

her assailant after she was raped the previous day in Thmey village, Phnom Penh.

Police said the rapist, Sngoun Sitha, 25, a blacksmith, was arrested and later

sent to court as he had no money to pay the girl.

MAY 7: Chan

Chea, 76, was axed to death at around 7 pm in Prey Khpous village, Battambang

province. Police said the man was chopped three times by his step-son, Khan Thy,

27. The assailant became angry when Chea tried to stop him beating his son

during an argument over a property dispute.

MAY 7: Ros Sovanaret,

42, a leader of the Free Trade Union at Trinunggal Komara garment factory, was

shot dead at 3:45 pm while riding a motorbike home through Kampuchea Krom

Boulevard in Teuk Laak 1 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said two gunmen shot

Sovanaret twice then escaped on a motorbike. Police suspect revenge was the

motive because Sovanaret had recently during an argument threatened to kill

Khvan Chanmony, a leader of the Khmer Trade Union Federation.


8: Hem Chanda, 24, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital for medical treatment

after cutting himself with a knife at around 3 pm in Lor Kambor village, Russei

Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the man had a mental problem probably

because he had "cut his dick off and threw it away". His mother told police

Chanda had attempted suicide as he had a crisis because of being


MAY 8: Yin Sokmeath, 24, was stabbed to death during a

dancing argument at his niece's wedding party in Yeak Bard village, Kean Svay

district, Kandal province. The District Police Chief Maing Pich said Sokmeath

was knocked down and knifed in the throat after trying to stop an argument

between two groups of gangsters. Police arrested five assailants on the scene

for questioning.

MAY 9: Chhun Sokha, 37, a telephone shop owner,

was shot and wounded in a robbery at 7:55 pm in Tar Nguon village, Dangkor

district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police four unknown men pretending to be

long-haired women entered the shop, hit Sokha on the head with the butt of a

K-54 handgun and shot him in the stomach then escaped on two motorbikes after

stealing three telephones.

MAY 9: Cheang Nop, 41, was sent to a

hospital after being acid-burned in the morning in Trapaing Trayeung village,

Kampong Speu province. Police said Nop's estranged wife, Ym Nhan, 40, threw acid

in his face and was later arrested. Nhan was angry after Nop hit her during an

argument. She told police her husband had left her and set up a relationship

with another woman.

MAY 10: Chhuon Dara, 24, a garment worker at

the PDC, was found hanged at 9:30 am in Paprak Khang T'bong village, Dangkor

district, Phnom Penh. Dul Sokleng told police her husband hanged himself because

he was worried about owing a debt of $800.

MAY 11: Chhum Thuon,

27, was shot dead but his two accomplices escaped after trying to steal cattle

at 2:30 am in Prey Prang village, Prey Veng province. Police said the suspected

gunmen attempted to steal their neighbor's cows and fired at the authorities

while fleeing.

MAY 11: A motodop driver, Prum Ny, 23, was murdered

with a knife and his body dumped about 800 meters from National Road 4 in Tar

Lev village, Sihanoukville. Police suspect robbery was the motivate because his

motorbike was stolen while carrying a passenger the previous night.

MAY 12: Chuong Chamnan, 21, a monk from Changkran Taprum pagoda,

was arrested while trying to escape on a motodop after committing a rape at 11

am in Teuk Laak 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. A 15-year-old girl told police the monk

raped her while begging for food at the kitchen of her house.


12: Keo Han, 54, was murdered during a night-time robbery in Ek Pheap

village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Han was killed trying to resist a

group of robbers who escaped after stealing six chi of gold necklace and two chi

of gold earring. Her husband, Nan Van, 68, was axed in the face after coming to

help his wife.

MAY 12: Khim Ran, 28, was gunned down while playing

cards with three other people at 9:30 pm in Chamkar Kor village, Kampong Cham

province. A witness told police an unknown man opened gunfire at Ran then

escaped on foot. Police suspect jealousy was the motive because Ran had been

accused of having an affair with a married woman.

MAY 13: A cyclo

rider, Mom Chit, 35, went himself to Calmette Hospital for medical treatment

after being knifed while drinking wine with two people at 9 pm near the Royal

Palace in Phnom Penh. A witness told police Chit was stabbed in the stomach

after he refused to give some money to two beggars. The assailants ran


- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei

Kampuchea by Aun Pheap


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