Police Blotter: 21 September 2006

Police Blotter: 21 September 2006


SEPTEMBER 9: Chreuk Voeun, 28, escaped after injuring his brother, Chreuk Vy, 26, during an argument at 9:30pm in O'Malou commune, Kampong Cham province. Police said Vy was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after he was axed three times in the neck, arm and leg.

SEPTEMBER 9: Police arrested a maidservant, Sous Heng, 40, who stole a platinum watch from her boss, Tan Mai, 74, in Boeng Raing commune, Phnom Penh. Police arrested Heng when she came back to work at Mai's house after she went missing a week earlier with the stolen watch valued at $1,000. Heng confessed to police that she stole the watch and sold it for $405.

SEPTEMBER 10: Long Rin, 23, died at a district hospital after he was knifed during a nighttime dancing argument at a pagoda where people were celebrating a Buddhist festival in Rom Chek village, Kampong Cham province. Policeman Kheng Meng said a group of gangsters attacked Rin with heavy knifes then tried to chop him when he came to stop the argument. Meng said they escaped after he shot several times into the air to disperse.

SEPTEMBER 10: Tan Sary, 52, was shot dead at 9:15am while staying at a cottage in his rice field in O'Anlouk village, Battambang province. Police came to examine the body and said Sary was killed with an AK-47. Sary's family said 500 baht was stolen, along with a Nokia phone, and his watch.

SEPTEMBER 10: Police arrested a 14-year-old girl after a neighbor, Run Phin, 25, accused her of attempting to sell Phin's six-year-old daughter in Paun village, Prey Veng province. Police said the 14-year-old was arrested when she came back home with the six-year-old from Doeumkor market in Phnom Penh where she unsuccessfully tried to sell the girl for 20,000 riel.

SEPTEMBER 11: Two boys died instantly and two others were injured after a large mine exploded at 8:15am in Chup Pring village, Svay Rieng province. Police said the mine exploded and killed Seng Samon, 16, and his brother, Seng Saman, 14, when they dug it up from the ground. The two injured boys were Sao Vannak, 22, and Ran Vuthy, 15.

SEPTEMBER 11: The Kandal provincial court sentenced a motorbike taxi driver, Phal Sambo, 25, to ten years in prison after it found him guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl in Kday Takoy village, Kandal province. The presiding judge, Teng Routtana, said Sambo had taken the girl away and raped her over a period of one month while they stayed in a rental house in Boeng Tumpon commune, Phnom Penh. Sambo denied rape and said the girl loved him. The judge ordered Sambo to pay the girl three million riel in damages.

SEPTEMBER 12: Luy Bunthoeun, 25, a teacher at the American Universal School, was robbed of his motorbike while driving along Sisowath Quay in Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom Penh. A passerby said two robbers blocked Bunthoeun's path and shot him in the chest with a handgun, then escaped on his bike. He was taken to hospital.

SEPTEMBER 12: The swollen body of a woman was found with her arms tied up in a grove in Chhouk Ksach village, Kampong Thom province. Pich Thal, deputy chief of Barai District Police said the woman was killed with a rock after being raped around five days earlier. Thal suspected there were more than two rapists as they left some evidence at the scene.

SEPTEMBER 12: Leng Krem, 18, was arrested after raping a six-year-old girl in Samrong Loeu village, Kandal province. Krem told police he raped the girl because he loved her sister a long time ago, but she had refused his advances.

SEPTEMBER 12: Police examined the body of Kun Kouy, 38, who was killed the previous night at his house in Sre Veal village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Kouy was shot once in the head with an AK-47. They suspected revenge was the motive because Kouy's wife, Sem Phat, 33, said the gunman escaped empty-handed.

SEPTEMBER 13: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Bloutin, 63, was found dead at 8:30am at the Ochheuteal seaside in Sihanoukville. Lok Limin, deputy chief of provincial technical police office, said Bloutin was stabbed in the neck with a knife while he was walking to the seaside to swim the previous night. Limin suspected robbery was the motive.

SEPTEMBER 13: Police arrested Sin Chanroutha, 22, after he chopped a motorbike taxi driver, Chap Chhum, 27, while trying to rob him in Chres village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said Chanroutha chopped Chhum three times in the head with a hatchet then tried to escape on his bike.

SEPTEMBER 14: Noeu Sopheak, 17, was arrested after injuring Yong Hun, 42, who had sex with Sopheak's mother the previous night in a banana field behind her house in Chrak Khlay village, Kampot province. Police said Sopheak came upon the two and chopped Hun five times with a sword.

SEPTEMBER 14: Sun Chheang, 21, was shot dead when he and five accomplices robbed a man at midnight in Tuol Sangke commune, Phnom Penh. A passerby told police that another man came upon the robbery and shot Chheang in the head with a handgun then escaped on his motorbike. The passerby said the five others ran away after the man killed Chheang.

SEPTEMBER 14: Lieu Vy, 25, was arrested while trying to escape on a stolen motorbike at 1:30pm in Banla Saith village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Vy robbed a motorbike taxi driver who is now under medical treatment at Calmette Hospital after he was chopped with a hatchet.

SEPTEMBER 15: Phnom Penh Municipal Court tried Australian Julio Jeldres, 54, in absentia, found him guilty of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sun, fined him eight million riel and ordered him to pay ten million riel in damages to Hun Sen. Presiding judge Iv Kimsry said that on April 7, 2005, Jeldres wrote a defamatory email that was printed in the Cambodia Daily newspaper about various killings that had occurred in Cambodia. Jeldres is the official biographer of King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

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

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