AUGUST 13: Sun Son, 45, was knifed and severely injured in an attack at 10:30
a.m. in Kom Ploak village, Kampong Cham province. A witness told police that Son
was chopped in the arm and the temple by a neighbor, Ym Mout, 37. Police arrested
Mout and said he confessed that he was angry after hearing a rumor that Son had raped
his wife, who died five years ago from illness.
AUGUST 14: Khean Khin, 26, was sent to a provincial hospital for medical treatment
after being axed at around 9 p.m. at a wine shop where he argued with his friend
over drinking wine with cat meat in San Kor village, Kampong Thom. A witness said
that Chheat Chhoeun, 25, chopped Khin six times, then escaped. The witness said Chhoeun
was angry because Khin ate much more than he drank.
AUGUST 14: Chuon Nget, 38, was arrested for an attempted rape at 8:30 p.m.
in Chong Prek village, Kandal province. Em Yien, 36, told police in a complaint that
her husband, Nget, opened the skirt of his 16-year-old daughter while she was in
bed, then grabbed her in an attempted rape. Yien said Nget was angry and chopped
her in the arm with a knife after she tried to stop him.
AUGUST 15: Police arrested a 40-year-old man after he was accused of rape
committed a week earlier in Chumrom Seam village, Pursat province. Police said the
man raped a 19-year-old girl, who claimed that he raped her at her house while it
rained at night. The girl said she had been raped twice over August 9 and 10. However,
the man denied the rape, and said that he did not force her into sex because she
agreed with him. The man said they had sex five times, not twice.
AUGUST 15: A truck driver, Ou Sokea, 24, was sent to Calmette Hospital for
surgery after being shot at 8:10 p.m. while driving in the downtown area of Snoul
district, Kampong Cham province. A witness said that Sokea was shot in the head by
a Forestry Administration officer who escaped with a colleague after the shooting.
The witness said the officer was angry because Sokea refused to meet him at a check-point
on the way to Phnom Penh.
AUGUST 16: A mob killed Roeun Reath, 32, after a 36-year-old woman shouted
for help while allegedly being robbed of her motorbike at 6 a.m. in Sala village,
Kandal Steung district, Kandal province. Im Sophat, deputy chief of the district
police, said the people stopped Reath then beat him to death while he and his accomplice
were trying to escape on the stolen motorbike.
AUGUST 16: A 26-year-old man, Chet Samnang, was sentenced to 10 years in prison
after being convicted of a murder he committed four months ago in Prey Tea village,
Phnom Penh. Presiding Judge Thong Ol said that Samnang killed his father-in-law,
Kim Saroeun, 47, during an argument. The judge said Saroeun, who was a military officer
in the Air Force, was attacked with a knife and later died at hospital.AUGUST 16:
Kheav Siha, 19, died at hospital from massive head injuries after he was beaten for
stealing a motorbike at around 2 p.m. in Dey Thmey village, Phnom Penh. A witness
said Siha was stopped and beaten by a mob after the motorcycle's owner, Lao Leam,
35, shouted for help. Police said they tried to stop the violence, but had no luck
because Siha was grabbed by many people.
AUGUST 17: Police arrested Keo Bunsophorn, 28, after she was accused of human
trafficking while staying at a guesthouse in Kampong Samnanh village, Kandal province.
Police said Bunsophorn brought an 18-year-old girl from Kampong Cham province and
detained her at the guesthouse where she was kept for sale. The girl said Bunsophorn
did not allow her to leave the guesthouse, but she begged to be allowed to call her
friend in Kampong Cham, thereby letting her parents know of her plight.
AUGUST 18: Un Sopha, 31, was shot dead while asleep at midnight in O'Dar village,
Kampong Cham province. His wife, Sun Sinang, was also shot in the waist and is now
at a provincial hospital undergoing an operation. Sinang told police that three people
entered the house and opened fire at her husband, then escaped on foot. Police suspect
revenge was the reason of the killing because Sophea had recently beaten some people
during an argument.
AUGUST 18: Police are looking for three gangsters after they allegedly killed
30-year-old farmer Mach Thim at 1:30 p.m. in Trapaing Toul village, Kampong Thom
province. The assailants, aged 17, 18 and 19 years old, had released their buffaloes
to eat a paddy of rice seedlings and Thim tried to stop the buffaloes, police said.
The gangsters axed him four times in the head and Thim died instantly. Police said
the assailants escaped.
AUGUST 19: Meas Ban, 37, was sent to hospital for treatment after being knifed
in an attack at 7:15 p.m. in Russey village, Phnom Penh. A witness said that Ban
was stabbed several times in the chest by his nephew, Nang Chhoeun, 20, who escaped
after the assault. The witness said that Chhoeun was angry because Ban borrowed his
bicycle and took too long to buy wine. Ban died later at the hospital.
AUGUST 19: Chan Sophea, 33, an employee at the Ministry of Rural Development,
was robbed of his motorbike while driving home at 7:30 p.m. in Kauk Chambak village,
on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sophea said that three robbers on a motorbike blocked
his path and aimed a handgun at him. Sophea said they escaped on his bike after stealing
a gold necklace and his cellphone.
AUGUST 20: Kim Khurn, 52, a former Khmer Rouge soldier working at a municipal
military headquarters, was arrested by his unit and later handed to police after
killing his son in Soun Ampov village, Pailin city. His wife, Keat Sarat, 43, told
police that Khurn shot his son in the head with a rifle while he was drunk. Sarat
said that Khurn had accused his son of making love with his mother. Khurn was shot
in the arm and nearly beaten to death after the arrest.
AUGUST 20: Three gunmen escaped after robbing a motorbike taxi driver at around
9 a.m. in Thmey village, Kampong Cham province. Uch An, 37, said at a provincial
hospital that the robbers ordered him to stop and shot at him once, but the gun jammed.
An said that the robbers knocked him on the head with the butt of the gun, then escaped
on his bike.
AUGUST 21: Houl Phen, 20, was shot and severely wounded during a robbery at
7:40 p.m. while parking his motorbike to pump up a tire in Thmey village, Phnom Penh.
A witness said two robbers aimed a homemade gun at Phen and shot him twice after
he tried to resist the thieves, who escaped on his bike.
AUGUST 21: Phum Thy, 50, was shot dead at noon in a forest in Sre Srasaing
village, Kampong Thom province. Phoeuk Yai, 42, told police that her husband was
shot twice and died instantly while collecting red ants for sale at a market. Police
said that robbery was not the reason for the killing because Thy was poor.
AUGUST 22: Police came to inspect the body of an American national, Jim Brammer,
57, after he was found dead at 8:30 a.m. at a guesthouse in Toul Tumpoung commune,
Phnom Penh. Police and a doctor said that Brammer, who worked as advisor at the International
Friendship Organization for Human Rights, died of a heart attack while sleeping.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun