Police Blotter: 25 February 2005

Police Blotter: 25 February 2005

FEBRUARY 11: Um Chantha, 46, died at a hospital after being shot at

midnight in Prar Hout village, Prey Veng province. His wife said her husband was

shot in the chest after leaving the house to check why his dog was barking.

FEBRUARY 11: Sou Sophal, 24, was shot and severely wounded while

riding home on a moto-taxi at 8:20 p.m. on Russian Federation Boulevard in Teuk

Thlar commune, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sophal said one of two gunmen

shot her in the groin then escaped on a motorbike. Sophal told police that

revenge was the reason because she had recently argued over


FEBRUARY 11: The naked body of a 16-year-old girl, Pi

Theara, was found at a room in the hotel Holiday Palace where she worked as a

waitress in Khbal Spean village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Theara

was reportedly stabbed twice with a knife and had her throat cut. Police later

found a killer named Eang Mayou, 27, who confessed that he did the


FEBRUARY 11: Chea Song, 53, was arrested for a murder she

committed during an argument the previous day in Banteay Meanchey province.

Police said she tried to escape with a daughter after killing her husband with a


FEBRUARY 12: Police arrested a garment worker, Chheang Del,

49, after he committed a murder during an argument at 2:25 p.m. in Dangkor

village, outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said Del killed a Korean national, Jhou

Kihan, 52, with a K-59 handgun and his colleague, Fong Hong, 42, was shot and

later died in hospital after the argument at Yang Min garment


FEBRUARY 12: Lon Chanthol, 18, was arrested after being

accused of murder in Koh Tauch village, Kampot province. Police said a

three-year-old girl, Khuon Simuy, was killed elsewhere and her body hanged from

a tree while returning home from watching television at a neighbor's house.

Police said Chanthol was seen walking along with her the previous


FEBRUARY 12: A primary school director, Kun Seng, 50, was

fatally gunned down in a revenge attack at 8:20 p.m. while having a shower in a

bathroom downstairs of his house in Chi Ork village, Kampong Thom province. Var

Ny, 40, told police that an unidentified man entered the bathroom and shot her

husband in the head and chest with an AK-47, then escaped on


FEBRUARY 13: Khat Sokhan, 32, committed suicide by hanging

himself from a tree in the early morning behind his house in Teuk Saoy village,

Kampong Speu province. Police said Sokhan had a family crisis because his wife

refused to reunite after she left him during a violent argument two months


FEBRUARY 13: Police took a student, Khun Sinarth, 24, to

Preah Ketomealear hospital for medical surgery after he was shot in a revenge

attack at 8:20 p.m. He was driving home on a motorbike on Norodom Boulevard in

Chey Chumnas commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Sinarth was shot in the stomach by

one of five people who escaped in a car. Sinarth died later at the


FEBRUARY 13: A construction worker, Eang Sai, 32, was

found hanging from the roof of his cottage at 4:50 p.m. in Doeum Sleng village,

Phnom Penh. Police said the man was angry and hanged himself with a rope because

his wife criticized his behavior after he killed a dog for eating while drinking


FEBRUARY 14: A 50-year-old woman, Seng Chheak, arrested her

son, Chhun Sara, 25, and handed him to police for trial after he destroyed their

house in Damrey Chornkhlar village, Kampong Thom province. Chheak told police

that Sara was angry and set fire to the house after she refused to sell it for

money to engage him with a neighbor girl who he loved.


14: The body of a 20-year-old man, Sam Ol, 20, was found in a pit at 6 a.m.

in Khdey village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Ol committed suicide by

setting himself on fire because he left four messages on his bed mentioning that

he didn't want to live as he had been attacked by illness for a long


FEBRUARY 14: Police arrested Chin Sok, 38, after he

committed a murder two weeks ago in Thnal Bombek village, Kampong Speu province.

Police said Sok killed his brother, Chin Chea, 32, then he escaped. Chea was

shot in the chest with an AK-47 during an argument and his body was later set on


FEBRUARY 14: A moto-taxi driver, Nou Ra, 33, was sent to a

provincial hospital for medical treatment after being axed in an argument at 9

a.m. in Khnach Kakoh village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said Ra was

chopped four times in the head by his passenger, Noeun Pich, 44, who he had

argued with while riding on the way home. Pich was arrested after the


FEBRUARY 15: Chin Chantha, 24, was taken to Calmette

Hospital for treatment after being knifed at 5 p.m. in Anlong Kaky village,

Kampong Cham province. Police said Chantha was stabbed in the stomach by his

brother-in-law, Sopheak, 28, who was arrested. Sopheak was angry because Chantha

tried to stop him while he was torturing his wife during an


FEBRUARY 15: Phon Yim, 35, was found hanged at 9:30 p.m.

at Angkor Chey guesthouse in Psar Thmey 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Yim

left a message that he committed suicide because his friend cheated him of


FEBRUARY 15: A military police officer, Puot Borey, 35,

and a colleague, Soeun Thy, 38, were accidentally shot dead during a

beer-drinking session at 9:10 p.m. at a karaoke shop in Damnak Smach village,

Kampong Speu province. Police said Borey took bullets out of a K-54 handgun but

mistakenly left one. He then shot himself in the head after Thy put his arms

around his waist while drunk and the bullet passed through into his friend's


FEBRUARY 16: Police killed a suspected robber and arrested

five other accomplices after they attempted to steal a motorbike at 4:20 p.m. in

Olympic precinct, Phnom Penh. Ouch Chitra, 19, said the robbers blocked his path

and aimed a K-59 handgun at him, then tried to escape on his


FEBRUARY 16: Mean Sokun-thear, 33, was taken to a

hospital for medical treatment after being knifed during a robbery while asleep

at midnight in Prek Thmey village, Kandal province. Sokun-thear told police that

a man forced open a door of his house and chopped him three times with a heavy

knife then escaped empty-handed after the victim shouted for help to stop the


FEBRUARY 17: Chan Vin, 16, was arrested after robbing a

moto-taxi driver at 2:15 p.m. in Snoeng Koeut village, Battambang province. Sin

Sinal, 21, said Vin asked him to stop and chopped him four times with a heavy

knife but then fled after the victim called for help.


17: One person died and nine other people were injured after a grenade

exploded at midnight in Chambak Phaem village, Kampong Speu province. Police

said Eang Rith, 17, was slightly injured in the blast but was later killed with

a knife by another group of gangsters at a wedding party. He and his friends had

argued with the gangsters earlier in the night. Police arrested seven people

after the incident.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap

and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun Pheap


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