MAY 10: Lor Sokun, 22, a student from Antarak Devy Secondary School, was
gunned down in a robbery at 6:40 pm while riding a motorbike to his home in Tum Nop
village, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the victim
was hit once from behind with a K-54 handgun by two robbers on a motorbike. The robbers
escaped with the victim's motorbike.
MAY 11: Oung Try, 36, a wedding caterer's cook, died in hospital after
being knifed at midnight in front of Sok San restaurant in Sihanoukville. Eye witnesses
told police that the victim, who was married with five children, from Phnom Liav
village, Kampot province, was beaten and chopped in the head by five unknown men
who then escaped. The reason is not known.
MAY 12: Doul Rasmey, 21, died instantly in an accident at 9:30 am while
he and two others were riding a motorbike in front of the railway station in Sihanoukville.
Police said that Rasmey was hit and his body was run over by a truck driven by Tuot
Sokhoeun, 33, who lost control after the truck hit another bike, causing another
three people to be severely injured.
MAY 12: Two of Prime Minister Hun Sen's bodyguards, Min Saron, 28, and
Thong Soklai, 25, were killed instantly in an accident while riding a motorcycle
on Pochentong Blvd in Kbal Damrey village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The victims
were hit from the front by a truck while accompanying the prime minister back from
a golf trip in Kampong Speu. The driver fled the scene.
MAY 12: Three suspected robbers were reportedly freed after their families
paid $4,000 to a municipal deputy prosecutor. The newspaper said Yong Mon, 22, Ieng
Vanda, 22, Khen Sokhan, 25, were accused of stealing a motorbike near Doeum Kor market.
MAY 13: Khin Dara, 30, a military officer from Q101, was killed and his
brother Khin Sam Aun, 27, was severely wounded in an incident at 5:55 pm in Chroy
Changva village, Phnom Penh. Police said Dara was shot in the head and the right
thigh with an AK-47 by municipal military police officer Sao Sobin who was angry
after he was beaten on the head with a bottle when his motorcycle collided with Dara's
car. Sobin was arrested later.
MAY 13: Nop Sothy, 38, was shot and severely wounded in a robbery at 7:15
pm while parking a motorbike to use a public phone on 111 Street in Boeng Pralit
commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was shot with a K-59 handgun in the left
waist after he refused to hand over his new bike to one of four robbers riding on
two motorcycles. The robbers escaped.
MAY 14: Pok Tun, 36, Editor of Kaun Khmer Ideas Newspaper, was arrested
for human trafficking in Toul Kork village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police
said the arrest came after a woman complained to the court that her 18-year-old daughter,
Hoeung Samphos, was lured and sold to the editor, who is allegedly a brothel owner.
Samphos was freed later and told police that she was forced to have sex with around
15 to 17 customers a day.
MAY 14: Two suspected robbers were arrested while riding on a moto-taxi
at 8:30 pm in Chroy Changva precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said that Krauch Sokheng,
25, and Seng Vanna, 22, were arrested by weapons inspection authorities after a plastic
replica of a K-54 handgun, a radio, and a set of handcuffs were found in the pockets
of the robbers, who attempted to steal a motorbike.
MAY 14: Sek Sokunthy, 31, a rice mill owner, died in an accident at his
rice mill at noon in Neak Loeung Krom village, Loeuk Dek district, Kandal. Police
said the victim, who was also a primary teacher with two daughters, was possibly
shocked and died instantly after the hacksaw he was using to fix a machine came in
contact with a live electrical wire.
MAY 15: Rim Mao, 21, a worker, was electrocuted at 5:30 am at Sam Han Garment
factory located in Toul Sangke village, Russei Keo district, on the outskirts of
Phnom Penh. Eyewitnesses told police that the victim, who came from Kampong Cham
province, was possibly shocked and died instantly while putting his wet hands on
a sewing machine.
MAY 15: Tith Tum, 36, died in hospital after he was knifed and severely
injured at 3:30 pm in Kilomet Lek Pram Bei village, Battambang. Police said the victim
was accidentally stabbed in the stomach by his mother-in-law, Kham Khuon, 55. Tum,
who was married with two children, and a soldier from RCAF Brigade 18, was knifed
during a visit to his estranged family of two years.
MAY 16: The body of a 17-year-old teenage girl, Thy Srey Nhak, was found
in a forest at 8 am about 150 meters from her house in Boeng Chroy village, Choeung
Prey district, Kampong Cham. Police said the victim was possibly strangled to death
one day earlier after being raped by unknown assailant.
MAY 16: Four alleged gangsters - Korm Sona, 20, Korm Som Arth, 19, Thy
Sophon, 22, Lorm Vanna, 20 - were arrested at separate houses in Trapaing Chhouk
village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal. Police said the arrest came after Pal Nem, 52,
a deputy chief of the village, complained that he had been beaten and knocked down
after he tried to prevent the four fighting during a dance a day earlier.
MAY 16: Or Kimsan, 32, a garment worker from Dayu factory, was knifed and
severely injured at 9:15 pm while riding a motorcycle in Odeum village, Ang Snoul
district, Kandal. Police said the victim was stabbed in the back by three people
on a motorbike who attempted to steal his bike. The victim was sent to Calmette hospital
for treatment as a piece of the knife blade remained embedded in his back.
MAY 17: Tan Nguon Y, 55, was beaten and injured in a land dispute in Chak
Angre Krom village, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was hit on the head with a
hammer by Eng Bunhay, 32, who was angry as he was not allowed to build a gate closing
access to his street. Bunhay had allegedly been harassing Nguon for his refusal to
sell his house for 10 damleung of gold.
MAY 17: A 33-year-old woman, Sim Srah, asked authorities to press charges
against her neighbor, Noi, 27, who had allegedly pulled out a clump of his own pubic
hair and forced it into Srah's mouth during a quarrel one week earlier. Srah told
police that she had originally taken her complaint to the commune authorities but
they refused to respond.
MAY 17: Mao Sophal, 23, and Kroeung Vannak, 30, were robbed of their motorcycles
while traveling with their girlfriends at 9:50 pm on National Road 1 in Chroy Ampil
village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. The victims, who are American Embassy employees,
told police that they were ordered to stop and threatened with handguns by five people
who had set up a fake roadside checkpoint.
MAY 17: Sun Hia, 31, was arrested for a rape he allegedly committed three
weeks earlier in Snoul Treth village, Banteay Meanchey. Deputy Provincial Police
Commissioner Chhoeung Sokhom said the arrest came after a couple complained to the
court that their 9-year-old teenage girl was raped while she was walking alone in
a forest about 250 meters from the village.
MAY 18: Municipal police officer Nou Nal was beaten and injured at 7:20
am at a market in Chhbar Ampov 2 precinct in Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police
said that Nal was hit on the head with a stick by a 50-year-old woman, Suon Saran,
who was angry after the victim tried to move her vegetable stall. Saran and her son
MAY 18: Chan Chhoam, 35, a moto-taxi driver, was knifed and severely injured
while waiting for a passenger at 6:30 pm in front the Chhai Hour 2 hotel in Depot
3 precinct, Toul Kok district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim was chopped in
the back by his 21-year-old stepchild, Chhum Sambath, who was angry after his mother
was beaten for ending her relationship with Chhoam two years ago. Sambath was arrested.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by