Police Blotter: 23 November 2001

Police Blotter: 23 November 2001



NOVEMBER 8: Larch Vannak, 23, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital

after he was severely wounded in a revenge attack at 9:25 pm on Mao Tse Tung

Blvd, Phnom Penh. Police said Vannak, a moto-taxi driver, was shot in the waist

by one of six gangsters with whom he had argued in the afternoon. Phon Visot,

18, and Meng, 19, were arrested.

NOVEMBER 9: Hang Chana, 37, a karaoke shop owner, was robbed at

midnight while waiting for the gate to open in front of her house in Mittapheap

district, Sihanoukville. Chana told police that three people threatened her with

an AK-47 before binding her arms and feet and stealing her jewelry.

NOVEMBER 9: Khan Sokhom, 32, survived an attempted suicide bid in Mong

Tipram Mouy village, Thbaung Khmum district, Kampong Cham. Police said Sokhom,

who was apparently possessed by a spirit at the time, killed his cow and then

struck his neighbor, Bien Vith, 37, with the back of an ax after Vith tried to

prevent Sokhom cutting his own throat with a sickle.

NOVEMBER 10: Two men, Kar Rin, 44, and Sin Chha, 28, were arrested

after being accused of killing three people in Chum Kiri district, Kampot

province. Provincial criminal police official, Sao Samoeun, said the suspects

had escaped to Kraing Skia village, Teuk Phos district, Kampong Chhnang province

after they stole a motorbike last month in Kampot province.

NOVEMBER 10: Prum Tat, 60, a farmer from Preah Vihear province, was

stabbed in the chest with an arrow while asleep at his house. Police said Tat

was sent to the district hospital for treatment and then sent to Calmette

Hospital in Phnom Penh since doctors were unable to remove the arrow. Revenge is

the suspected motive for the attack.

NOVEMBER 10: A 5-year-old girl was raped at 10 am while fishing for

crabs in a ricefield in Teuk Lang village, Thpang district, Kampong Speu. Police

said the victim was raped by 76-year-old Ra Sum, who was later arrested.

NOVEMBER 11: A 12-year-old girl was sent to the provincial hospital

for treatment after being raped at 7:30 am while she was catching crabs in a

ricefield in Ampov Prey village, Kandal Steung district, Kandal. The victim told

police that she was knocked down and raped by Sok Song, 18. He was later


NOVEMBER 11: Pan Nuon, 65, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being

shot with a K-59 handgun at 6:20 pm while sitting outside her house in Tonle

Bassac precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said two passing gangsters, who were drunk,

shot four times into the ground. One of the bullets hit Nuon in the thigh. The

men escaped.

NOVEMBER 11: Oeun Routanak, 27, was knifed and seriously injured in a

quarrel at 8:20 pm in Tonle Bassac precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim

was chopped once in the right shoulder by Moang Toeu, 38. Toeu, who was drunk,

became angry after Routanak and other neighbors stared at him while he was

ranting and raving at his family. Toeu was later arrested.

NOVEMBER 11: Prum Thath, 60, was shot and severely wounded with a

homemade gun during a family quarrel in Ang Kan village, Rovieng district, Preah

Vihear. Police said the victim was shot in the neck after he refused to hand

over his land to his son-in-law, Den, who wanted all the land for himself. Thath

was sent to Calmette Hospital.

NOVEMBER 11: Kong Chak, 27, a moto-taxi driver, was found dead in the

forest in Prey Sleuk village, Chhbar Morn district, Kampong Speu. Police said

that Chak had been killed some days earlier, and suspected that the motive for

the act was robbery as his motorbike had been stolen.

NOVEMBER 12: Khan Chhem, 30, a paratrooper, and Kong Mun, 31, a

military policeman, were arrested on suspicion of murder the previous week. The

arrests followed the shooting of the owner of Phnom Penh's Holiday Club, William

Tay, 48. Police alleged that Taiwanese national Lee Han Shin promised the men

$10,000 to kill Tay.

NOVEMBER 12: Phan Pheap, 32, was sent to Preah Sihanouk hospital for

treatment after being burned with acid at 6:20 pm while watching TV at her

guesthouse in Chamroeun Phal village, Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Kranh Nak,

37, her husband, told police that his ex-wife might have carried out the


NOVEMBER 12: A 16-year-old monk, Heng Ngunly Vanna, was found hanged

at 9 am at Kop Srov pagoda in Kauk Rokar commune, Dangkor district, on the

outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the reason for his death was unknown.

NOVEMBER 12: Chhai Haksong, 21, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital

for treatment after being knifed and severely injured at 11 am in front of

Antarak Devy High School in Boeng Kak 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said

Haksong was chopped on the head and both arms while waiting for his friend to

leave school. The reason for the attack is unknown.

NOVEMBER 13: Seng Ken, 26, who was three months pregnant, was murdered

during a robbery at her house in Prey Papeal village, Kandal province. Police

said she was stabbed six times by Keo Virak, 20, and Lon Lim, 19, who are both

sons of the provincial deputy prosecutor, the dead woman's husband. Ken's gold

necklace, two platinum bracelets, a ring and $500 were stolen. The brothers and

their sister, Lon Sim, 23, were later arrested.

NOVEMBER 13: Samrith Sat, 23, was sent to Preah Keatomealear hospital

after being knifed and seriously injured in a quarrel at 6 pm at Neakavorn

Pagoda in Phnom Penh. Police said Sat, an English student at the Royal

University, was staying at the pagoda and was stabbed in the back by Ym Nhoeun,

and his son, Ym Theavang, who were angry after Sat tried to break up an argument

between some students. The men were later arrested.

NOVEMBER 13: Thoeun Yuem, 22, was sent to Calmette Hospital after

being knifed and seriously injured in a drinking quarrel at 9:30 pm in Psah

Doeum Thkau precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Yuem was stabbed once in the

stomach by four drunken gangsters, who were annoyed at being criticized for

ranting and raving.

NOVEMBER 13: Ouk Kimdoeun, 52, was knifed to death at 7:10 pm after

stepping from his tourist car in Sei Ma village, Takeo province. Police said

Kimdoeun, who had emigrated to France, was visiting his sister-in-law, where he

was chopped eight times and had his throat cut by his nephew, Srey Lalin, 22.

Lalin had been involved in a relationship with Kimdoeun's wife, Kouch Phalla,

42, since she arrived a few months earlier. Phalla and Lalin were later


NOVEMBER 14: Nhor Sat, 42, was shot dead while asleep at 11:30 pm at

her house in Kraing Chin village, Ba Phnom district, Prey Veng. District Police

Inspector So Sawadh said the victim, a farmer, was shot twice in the neck and

once in the head. Revenge was suspected as the murderer escaped


NOVEMBER 15: Meas Meth, 21, was arrested for attempted murder in Toul

Kroeul village, Kampong Thom province. The arrest came after a woman complained

to police that Meth threatened to kill her with an arrow after she refused to

show him her genitals while she was out cutting firewood in the forest. Meth was

also accused of murder five years earlier in the same village.

NOVEMBER 16: Kok Chan, 19, drowned in a river in Doeum Chan village,

Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, a private ferry worker

from Snai Pul village, Kampong Cham province, drowned while asleep in his boat

waiting for more passengers.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh

Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by Aun Pheap


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