Police Blotter: 24 November, 2000

Police Blotter: 24 November, 2000

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November 10: Voeun Sambath, 30, a policeman from Prey Veng province, was

shot dead with a K-59 handgun at 4:30 am on the corner of Streets 146 and 233 in

Toul Kok district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, who moonlighted as a moto-dop,

was hit in the chest and left shoulder by three passengers who stole his motorbike.

November 10: One person died and nine others were severely injured after

a grenade exploded at a dance in Thmey village, Kampong Siem district, Kampong Cham.

Police said Phuon Sophat, 17, was killed instantly while dancing with other villagers

at the time. Revenge is the suspected motive for the attack.

November 11: Bin Sarim, 45, was found floating in a lake in Chrey Thlak

village, Me Sang district, Prey Veng. After investigation, police said the victim,

a district official, had been chopped nine times in the head with an ax while fishing.

The motive for the killing is not known.

November 12: San Khom, 38, died at Preah Kosamak hospital after he was

chopped one day earlier in Toul Roka village, Mean Chey district, on the outskirts

of Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, who was drunk, was knifed by his brother-in-law,

Sok Yoeun, 34, who became angry after he was knocked down because he refused to lend

him a tape player.

November 12: March Von, 17, was found dead at 10 am at his uncle's house

in Prek Tapoeu village, Takmau district, Kandal. After investigation, police said

the victim, who was an orphan and also a remorque rider, killed himself with poison

because he was criticized after he sold the remorque, which belonged to his uncle.

November 12: Phon Saroeun, 35, was chopped to death at 8 am in downtown

Kampong Chhnang. Police said the victim, a disabled person, was hit with a big knife

in the neck by his niece, Korm Ym, 21, who was angry because her aunt was beaten

and tortured when he was drunk. After the niece chopped the ground by his head as

he lay on the ground , Saroeun dared her to chop him properly, whereupon she dealt

him a mortal blow to the neck.

November 13: Chea Bunleng, 22, was robbed of his motorbike while carrying

his girlfriend at 7:20 pm on Preah Norodom Blvd in Psah Thmei 3 precinct, Daun Penh

district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, an employee from ESJ company, was robbed

by six gun-wielding gangsters who stole his motorbike.

November 13: A married couple, Chhoam Chhan, 38, and Yim Ros, 38, were

killed by lightning in a heavy rain at 5 pm while planting dry season rice in Pur

Mieu village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said the victims, who were very

poor farmers with five children, were struck and died instantly.

November 13: Tong Heng, 22, was sent to Preah Kosamak hospital after he

was stabbed and injured at 9:30 am while returning from a dance in So Ken village,

Kang Meas district, Kampong Cham. Police said the victim was stabbed once in the

back by a neighbor, Moeun Meas, 26, who was angry because he was accused by Heng

of being a chicken thief.

November 13: Nguyen Van Thaing, 44, was sent to Calmette hospital after

he suddenly lost consciousness at 7 pm in front of the Pailin Hotel on Monivong Blvd

in Phnom Penh. The victim, a Vietnamese furniture maker, reported to police that

he was hit by gangsters who stole $400 from him while he was on his way home.

November 13: Chin Yin, 56, was chopped and severely injured at 7:30 pm

in Som Rong village, Thmar Kool district, Battambang. Police said the victim was

chopped several times with a big knife by his son-in-law, Chhuon Sarek, who was angry

because he was criticized for drunken behavior while ranting during a drinking binge

with his friends. Yin Huyni, 31, a daughter of the victim, was also seriously injured

after she came to help her father.

November 14: Y Meng Tech, 35, a moto-taxi driver, was arrested on rape

charges at 2:30 pm at his guest-house in Teuk Laak 1 commune, Toul Kok district,

Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest came after an organization for children rights

protection complained to the court that a 20-year-old girl had been detained and

raped for three days by Tech.

November 14: Sar Soeu, 44, a moto-taxi driver, was chopped and severely

injured at 7 am while carrying two passengers in Snoa Lich village, Ong Snoul district,

Kandal. Police said the victim was chopped several times on the head and torso with

an ax by passengers who stole his bike. Police arrested one of the robbers, Phon

Soeun, 30, from Prey Veng Province.

November 14: San Chon, 22, was freed from custody after he paid $250 to

Ouk Savuth, a prosecutor for the municipal court, according to Chakraval Daily newspaper.

Chon was arrested after he stole a bicycle in Prey Moul village, Dangkor district,

on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The newspaper said Duong Vannak, who was arrested

on jewelry theft charges one year earlier, was also freed, but the payment was not

known.

November 14: An 18-year-old former teenage nun, Chan Srieng, was found

dead in a ricefield in Svay Chrum village, Rolea Paar district, Kampong Chhnang.

Police said the victim, who had just left her Buddhist order, was killed with a knife

after being raped four days earlier while returning to see a play in a traditional

festival celebrated in nearby Preah Khlaing pagoda.

November 15: A 30-year-old unidentified man was killed and his body dumped

on the riverside behind Tonle 1 restaurant in Psah Kandal precinct, Phnom Penh. Daun

Penh District Criminal Police Deputy Chief Nhem Sao Nol said the victim was stabbed

repeatedly and the body then dismembered. Only the torso was recovered. The motive

is not known.

November 15: A 20-year-old garment worker was kidnapped and raped while

sleeping at her friend's house near the riverside in Takmau town, Kandal province.

The victim said she was raped by six gangsters, three of whom are identified as Tra

Ngoal, Thuo and Ros.

November 16: Married couple Sou Yu, 56, and Pol San, 58, were gunned down

with an AK-47 while eating Khmer noodles at 8:30 pm at their house in Anchanh Roung

village, Boribo district, Kampong Chhnang. Police said revenge was suspected because

the victims had argued with a neighbor about land ownership two years earlier. Police

have identified a possible suspect.

November 17: One remorque rider and four gunmen were killed and three policemen

were wounded in a gunfight between Phnom Penh Municipal Court security and a group

of gunmen who attempted to free two suspects. One of the six suspects was arrested

after attempting to escape into a forest in Phnom Srouch district, Kampong Speu,

one day later while leaving for a market to buy food.

November 17: Thai Vanreth, 30, a military police officer, was shot dead

in his car while parked in front of the Beauty Hotel at 9:30 pm on Sihanouk Blvd

in Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was shot in the temple with a K-59 handgun

by two unidentified suspects on a motorbike. Revenge was the motive because the victim

recently developed a relationship with the wife of a gambling den owner.

November 17: Two passengers died and eight others were severely injured

in an accident at 11 am on National Road 6 in Kauk Rieng village, Choeung Prey district,

Kampong Cham. Traffic police said the victims, Chan Phon, 33, and Khing Sien, 36,

were on a motorbike that was hit by a Nissan driven by Eang Sophal, 26, who was arrested

after the incident.

November 17: The body of a baby was found floating in a river near the

Chong Pom restaurant in Lek Bei village, Kampong Liav district, Prey Veng. A villager

reported to police that the baby had been abandoned on the steps to the riverside

by his parents and that he must have fallen into the water.

November 17: Taiwanese national Pu Hsi Zhong, 38, was sent to Chuen Ming

hospital after he was injured in a robbery at 5:30 pm in Chbar Ampoeu high school

in Niraut commune, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said

the victim was knocked down and his left hand was cut off by two unidentified persons

who stole US$1,200. The robbers escaped.

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