Police Blotter: 24 October 2003

Police Blotter: 24 October 2003

OCTOBER 10: Yin Khat, 23, was found dead at his house in Thnal Bek village,

Takeo province. Provincial Police Inspector Nou Sangva said the man was reportedly

murdered with an ax while drinking wine with his friends. Police suspect his friends

killed him to steal his motorbike.

OCTOBER 10: Police arrested four of 11 people after they were accused of attempted

rape in Yeak Bath village, Kean Svay district, Kandal. A 19-year-old woman worker

at the High Tex Garment Factory told police the men blocked her path and took her

to a nearby farm where they tried to rape her, but the local authority arrived after

her relatives shouted for help.

OCTOBER 11: Police shot Seng Sarith, 35, dead after he committed a murder

at 8:45 pm in Kroal village, Kampong Trabek district, Prey Veng. Police said the

man killed his second wife then tried to escape to a nearby forest. Y Sitha, 22,

was shot three times with an AK-47 and died on the scene.

OCTOBER 11: A 35-year-old widower, Mut Nim, was arrested and charged with

rape in Serey Reach village, Barai district, Kampong Thom. Police said the arrest

came after a 37-year-old widow complained that the man raped her while she was at

a neighbor's house.

OCTOBER 12: A military policeman, Prak Sothea, 39, was attacked with acid

by his wife and his face severely injured around 4 pm in Sdao Em village, Takeo province.

Police said his wife, Nget Sela, 32, was angry after being knocked down. She went

away then came back later with two liters of acid which she threw over her husband's

face. Then she ran away.

OCTOBER 12: Two people were arrested for a murder they committed the previous

week in Tumnop Dach village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Chhan Chhak, 33,

and Chhorn Chhin, 32, used a knife to decapitate their neighbor, Thurn Dieu, 32,

whom they accused of sorcery, while returning home from catching fish in the night-time.

OCTOBER 12: Soung Sal, 38, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment

after being knifed during a night-time dancing quarrel in Koh Keo village, Kampong

Chhnang province. Police said the man was knocked down and stabbed twice in the stomach,

and slashed ten times in his head while arguing with a group of gangsters, who escaped.

OCTOBER 13: Sim Mao, 46, a Sam Rainsy Party activist, died instantly and four

members of his family were seriously injured by a grenade attack around 7 pm in Andaung

Dey village, Kampong Cham province. Seng Pheap, 45, who was seriously injured in

the attack, told police the grenade was thrown over to her house by an unknown man

who then escaped on foot. Pheap suspects a man called Srun had been involved with

the explosion as he recently threatened her husband during an argument over a debt

of 25,000 riels.

OCTOBER 13: Seng Chhaihy, 21, was sent to a clinic after being shot during

a night-time drinking argument in Psar Thmey 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said

the man was shot twice with a handgun after he argued with a drunken man, Sokhom

Sophearith, 20, who escaped after the shooting.

OCTOBER 14: Tech Lai, 38, was found dead around 7 pm at a guest house in O'Bekham

village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the man was murdered with an

ax during heavy rain in the early evening. A landlord told police that Chan Sambo,

26, a friend of the victim, did the murder as he escaped after stealing Lai's gold

ring and hand phone.

OCTOBER 14: Ly Bunna, 40, was arrested for a rape he committed the previous

day in Tuol Pongror village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said the man raped

an eight-year-old girl while she was on the way home from buying cake in the afternoon.

OCTOBER 14: A 25-year-old woman, Srey Ny, was sent to Calmette Hospital for

revival after she attempted suicide at 9:30 am in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh.

A doctor said the woman swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills after a family argument.

OCTOBER 15: Him Yoeun, 25, was found dead at 8:30 am at his house in Trapaing

Svay village, Prey Veng province. Police said the man committed suicide with insecticide

because he was angry after his sister refused to give him money when he asked for


OCTOBER 15: Police arrested two fishermen after they were accused of a murder

committed a day earlier in Mondul Bei village, Prey Nop district, Sihanoukville.

Police said the suspects, Kun Em, 30, and Pheng Dina, 29, killed their friend, Tith

Tren, 20, during an argument at the Romdoul Choeung Phnom Karaoke Shop where they

were singing the previous night.

OCTOBER 15: Police arrested three people and charged them with murder in Ranorb

village, Pursat province. Police said the suspects, Srey Chea, 17, Torm Pes, 26,

and Met Thart, 18, killed Piem Pim, 26, while on the way home from a dance two days

earlier. He was axed four times in the head and died after trying to run off to a

ricefield. Ouk Bunthoeun, 34, who was knifed in the shoulder at the same time, told

police the three were the attackers.

OCTOBER 15: A security guard at the Caltex Gas Station on Monivong Boulevard

arrested a Dutch national, Ever Hart Hejing, 27, and handed him to police, accusing

him of theft. The station owner told police that several times he had noticed goods

missing from his shop after Hejing had been in. On this occasion his staff found

a can of milk in Hejing's bag as he left the shop.

OCTOBER 16: The body of a 33-year-old man, Ouk Mao, was found floating at

a river in Kampong Khlanh village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said he was arrested

and later killed by a group of Vietnamese fishermen who escaped after the murder.

They had accused him of stealing their fishing-net.

OCTOBER 17: Saing Rachna, 54, owner of the Moto Yamaha company, was shot and

severely wounded while in a car being driven on Monivong Boulevard at 7:25 pm in

Wat Phnom commune, Phnom Penh. Police said two unknown men shot him in the neck with

a K-54 handgun, then escaped on a motorbike. Rachna was sent to Calmette Hospital

and later to Singapore for surgery.

OCTOBER 18: Chour Chetharith, 37, a reporter at the Ta Prohm Radio Station,

was fatally gunned down while leaving a car to go into the station at 8:30 am in

Tuol Tompoung 2 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said Chetharith, who was a deputy

chief of the Administrative Inspection Department in the Ministry of Interior, was

shot in the back of the head with a K-59 handgun by two gunmen in civilian clothes

who then escaped on their motorcycle. The reason is not known.

OCTOBER 18: Police sent Rith Bora, 20, to hospital for treatment after he

was severely wounded at around 7 am in Chatomuk commune, Phnom Penh. Police said

the man was shot once in the shoulder by a group of seven people who escaped on their

motorbikes after police arrived. The group had accused Bora of stealing a motorbike.

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



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