APRIL 8: A 10-year-old boy, Tung Chith, was killed by lightning during
heavy rain in the dry season at around 5 p.m. in Russei Mouy village, Battambang
province. Police said Chit was struck by a bolt of lightning and died instantly
while playing in a canal with three children.
APRIL 8: Three
gangsters escaped on a motorbike after committing violence at 10:30 p.m. in Prey
Tear village, Phnom Penh. A witness said the gangsters blocked the path of Vong
Chak, 25, and attacked him with swords while he was driving home on a motorbike
from a special dinner hosted by his friend. The witness said the gangsters were
probably angry at Chak for criticizing them when they overtook him and drove in
front of him.
APRIL 8: Ke Chanmakara, 19, and Chan Saran, 17,
were arrested for a rape they committed the previous night in Toul Kraing
village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said the arrest came after a beer girl
complained that Chanmakara and Saran raped her while she was sleeping at the
guest house where she lived. The rapists were later freed after they paid
700,000 riel damages to the girl.
APRIL 9: A policeman, Pen
Sopheap, 37, was shot dead with a handgun while trying to stop two gunmen
fleeing on a motorbike after they committed a robbery at 6:30 p.m. at a clinic
in O'Russei 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. The clinic's owner, Teng Kunthy, 45, said
the robbers entered the clinic and aimed a gun at him before stealing US$2,000
and 2 million riel. Kunthy said a customer was also robbed of her diamond ring
and a two damleung platinum bracelet.
APRIL 9: Chea Sovanna, 17,
was sent to Calmette Hospital after two people shot him during an argument at
5:30 a.m. on Street 154 in Psar Thmey 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Sovanna told
police he was shot in the thigh after his motorbike collided with another
motorbike. Sovanna said those people were angry because he stared at them after
APRIL 9: A 73-year-old man, Chea Mok, was arrested
by his wife, who later handed him to police after he raped a 14-year-old girl at
12:30 p.m. in Kauk Nguon village, Kampong Thom province. The girl told police
that she had been raped twice. The girl said Mok gave her 500 riel for the first
rape and for the second rape she received 1,000 riel.
APRIL 10: Ly
Moeung, 33, and Meng Eang, 26, were arrested after police found 16 motorbikes in
their house located in O'Russei 4 and Teuk Laak 2 communes, Phnom Penh. Police
said Moeung and Eang were accused of receiving and concealing stolen goods
because they had profited from thievery. Police confiscated the bikes from them
and filed a complaint to take them to trial.
APRIL 10: Police
arrested three people after they were suspected of stealing cows in Banteay
Thleay village, Takeo province. Police said the suspects, Koth Me, 25, Res Rim,
25, and Kang Ben, 28, tried to run away after attempting to steal cows from a
farmer the previous night. The farmer, Pan Chhoeun, said that another accomplice
identified as Ngin Thy, 47, was sent to Vietnam for treatment after he chopped
him in the head with a heavy knife during an attempted theft. Police said Thy
and his accomplices killed a farmer, Khim Kim, 41, with an AK-47 and stole four
of his cows the previous month.
APRIL 11: Police arrested Ke
Samnang, 21, and are looking for two other accomplices who escaped on their
motorbike after an attempted robbery at 1:30 p.m. in Mittapheap village, Russei
Keo district, Phnom Penh. A moto-taxi driver, Doung Rith, 32, said Samnang shot
him in the knee with a K-54 handgun then tried to run away on foot after police
APRIL 11: A municipal military policeman, Chum Veasna,
34, was found dead in the early morning at a Tela gasoline station, next to the
Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. Police said Veasna probably died from dizziness
while working the previous night near the gasoline station.
11: A 43-year-old woman, Ream Hun, was shot and she later died at 8:05 p.m.
in Prey Svay village, Battambang province. Her husband told police that his wife
was shot twice with an AK-47 while sitting with him on a bed outside the house
in the early evening. Police suspect revenge was the motivation for the killing
because the gunman escaped on foot empty-handed.
APRIL 13: Srey
Touch, 30, was arrested after she attacked a woman with a knife in Boeng Keng
Kang 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Touch stabbed Moeun Bunnak, 32, in the
chest during an argument. Bunnak died later at a hospital.
13: Eath Phirun, 28, was sent to a provincial hospital for surgery after
being shot in a robbery at 8:30 p.m. in Roong village, Kampong Thom province.
Phirun said three gunmen blocked the path of his bicycle and shot him twice with
an AK-47. They ran away on foot after stealing his watch.
13: Yim Sophal, 42, a moto-taxi driver, was knifed to death while eating
dinner at 7:30 p.m. in Trapaing Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. His wife told police
that two people entered the house and stabbed her husband in the throat before
escaping. Police said revenge was the reason for the killing because Sophal had
recently argued with his attackers.
APRIL 15: A French
journalist, Jean Marc Matchane, 47, was found dead at a guesthouse in Boeng Keng
Kang 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Matchane probably died from a drug
overdose because one pill, two syringes and some other medicines were found in
his room. Police sent the body to Calmette Hospital and were waiting for a
decision from the French Embassy.
APRIL 16: The body of a
12-year-old girl, Neat Sokrang, was found in a deep well at 7 a.m. a day after
she went missing in Posh Tasom village, Kampong Thom province. Police said the
girl was raped and strangled before her body was dumped in the well. Police are
investigating the murder.
APRIL 16: A group of ten people escaped
after killing a farmer, Kham Kak, 48, in a nighttime dancing argument during the
last day of the Khmer New Year in Take Thmey village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal
province. A witness told police that the people were angry and attacked Kak with
axes and heavy knives after he stepped on the foot of one of the gangsters while
they were dancing to rock music.
APRIL 17: Nuon Sinarth, 20, and
Sok Cheyrouthanak, were shot and wounded while throwing water during the Khmer
New Year at 6:20 p.m. in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. A witness said a man
passing by became angry when a plastic bag full of water was emptied on his head
while he was riding a motorbike. He shot Sinarth in the waist, then shot
Cheyrouthanak in the stomach with a handgun.
- Translated from Khmer
newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap