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Police blotter: 24 july 1998

Police blotter: 24 july 1998


July 15: Mei Noeun, 18, committed suicide by laying on the railway lines just

before the train arrived in Kampong Bay district, Kampot. A military policeman said

Noeun was afraid of being arrested after he and his two friends kidnapped the son

of a villager the day before.

July 15: Trang Lim Hourn, 47, and her 28-year-old son Nheb Nop were shot dead

in Choeun Prey district, Kampong Cham. A local newspaper said the criminals shot

and injured Nop when he was driving his mother on his motorbike from Phnom Penh to

their village in Chamkar Leu district. The criminals put the mother and son into

a car and drove them to a quiet place where they killed them. The motive for the

killing is not known because the criminals escaped.

July 15: A butcher, Chea Vannak, 34, was beaten to death in Poipet commune,

O'Chrov district, Banteay Meanchey. The victim's family said that Vannak had quarrelled

with four pig sellers over the weight of some pigs before the incident. The criminals


July 16: A moto-taxi driver, Choeun Samnang, 40, was killed in a rubber field

in Tbaung Khmum district, Kampong Cham province. A witness who was about 70 meters

away said he saw Samnang driving his motorbike with a man sitting behind him. He

saw the passenger chop his neck with an ax and when he fell off from his motorbike,

the criminal continued to chop him until he died. The criminal escaped with the victim's


July 16: Chea Sophy, 36, a worker at a garment factory, was stabbed in her

throat, face and chest in her house in Russei Keo district. She was sent to Calmette

Hospital and is now in critical condition. The motive is not known. She moved to

Phnom Penh three months ago after her husband was shot dead in the northwestern province

of Banteay Meanchey.

July 16: Three robbers - Kong Rith, 24, Chhean Pek, 23, and Lim Touch, 23

- were arrested by Banteay Meanchey military police after confessing to a plan to

rob a motorbike. Two AK-47s and a hand grenade were confiscated from them.

July 16: Srei Leang Chheang, the director of T-Mec company, was released unharmed

after his family paid a $250,000 ransom to kidnappers who seized him July 13 along

Mao Tse Tung Blvd. The ransom had been negotiated down from $1 million.

July 17: Le Tol, 37, was shot dead and his friend Phil Roth injured by four

unidentified gunmen in Svay Chek district, Banteay Meanchey. The criminals escaped

with the victim's motorbike.

July 17: Ek Khan, a military policeman in Kandal, was arrested by municipal penal

police at his house in Toul Sanker precinct, Russei Keo. On June 15, the municipal

court issued an arrest warrant because Khan had allegedly killed a security guard

at a lottery company.

July 17: An official at the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Nop Sany,

53, was shot dead with an AK-47 at the steps of his house on Street 128. The motive

for the killing is not known.

July 18: Three robbers - Kiri Sovann, 31, Chey Tola,18, and Sim Thy, 24, -

were arrested in Phnom Penh for killing moto-taxi driver Keo Sivutha, 36, on July

10 near Calmette Hospital.

July 18: Twelve armed men robbed Chan Sokhom's house in Kompong Cham. The

robbers shot at Sokhom but the bullets missed and hit one of their own men, Dim Sina,

30, who was instantly killed. The other robbers escaped after a brief exchange of

fire with village militia. They took $3,160 and 280,000 riel in cash and a watch.

July 19: Three unidentified robbers were shot dead by police in Toul Sanker

precinct, Russei Keo district after they tried to escape arrest. Police had stopped

them to check for weapons. The three men shot at police first and police returned


July 19: Two kidnappers - Saing Chansocheat, 25, and Theng On, 40 - were shot

dead and two others - Lay Ngan, 29, and Choun Mao, 33 - were arrested in Chamkarmon

district. The four had kidnapped their friend Chhin Sithoeun, 25, and had held him

since July 17 demanding $40,000 ransom from Sithoeun's family. The victim was released



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