OCTOBER 12: Saing Rin, 40, and Te Vanchhum, 26, were sent to jail for 15
years and 14 years respectively for the murder four months ago of SRP candidate Uch
Horn in Sre Troak village, Baset district, Kampong Speu. Provincial Court Judge Yu
Yoeunny found the men guilty of the slaying of Uch Horn. The accused had claimed
Horn was a sorcerer.
OCTOBER 12: Cham Ym, 34, was knifed and severely injured in Sre Pur village,
Varin district, Siem Reap. Provincial Criminal Police deputy chief Long Samnang said
the victim, who was married with three children, was chopped five times by her estranged
husband Run Roeun, 39, who was angry after she refused sex. Roeun was later arrested.
OCTOBER 12: Kong Samoeun, 21, was shot and wounded at 8:30 pm while riding
along Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh. Police said Samoeun, a garment worker, was shot
once in the leg after he and two friends did not stop at a check-point for an explosives
inspection. Sam Savuth was arrested, but the third man escaped.
OCTOBER 12: Kim Chanthy, 22, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment
after being knifed and severely injured in a quarrel at 7:30 am in Thmey village,
Rolia Phaea district, Kampong Chhnang. Police said Chanthy was chopped in the right
shoul-der by a 22-year-old man, Poeu, after Chanthy refused to pay him after losing
at volley-ball. The assailant escaped.
OCTOBER 13: Chhon Nimuol, 20, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital for treatment
after he was severely injured in a quarrel at 7:30pm in Rokar Thom village, Ong Snoul
district, Kandal. Police said Nimuol was stabbed in the chest by a group of gangsters
who had argued with him a few days earlier over his choice of music at a karaoke
bar. The gangsters ran away.
OCTOBER 13: Mek Noi, was knifed to death at 6:30 am in Phnom Bak village,
Serey Sophorn district, Banteay Meanchey. District Police Chief Hem Phon said Noi
was chopped three times in the head, twice in the neck and three times in the back
by Sy Net, 23, who was high on marijuana. Net was angry after Noi suggested he "should
make good in your life".
OCTOBER 14: A 24-year-old student from the National Institute for Management,
Chea Vuthy, died instantly after a tree fell on his car while driving along Pasteur
Street in Chatomuk precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said a branch of the tree in the
Faculty of Pedagogy fell from the tree during a storm.
OCTOBER 14: Khin Chan, 40, was arrested and accused of a kidnapping six
months earlier in Kra Ya village, Prasad Balaing district, Kampong Thom. Police said
that Chan was accused of involvement in the case after they discovered he provided
food and accommodation for the 15 people who kidnapped their neighbor, Roeun Vanna,
for a ransom of 45 million riel.
OCTOBER 14: Ros Vy, 29, died in a fire at 4:45 am in the toilet of her
uncle's house in Chrap Viel village, Sangke district, Battambang. Police said the
woman, who came from Banteay Meanchey province, doused herself with petrol in despair
after her husband left her for another woman in her village.
OCTOBER 15: Kien Seng, 48, was shot and wounded in a robbery at 4 am at
his house in Duong village, Kandal province. Seng told police that he was shot twice
with a K-59 handgun and had his arms tied with nylon by four robbers who stole five
million riel, one damleung and five chi of gold. His wife was beaten about the head
when she tried to escape.
OCTOBER 15: Tuoch Dara, 33, who poses as a lawyer, was arrested in front
of the provincial prison in Kampong Thom for allegedly cheating money from a prisoner's
wife. Police said they arrested him after the prisoner's wife, Lay Chhoeun, complained
that she had paid him 150,000 riel to free her husband, but that he had not done
OCTOBER 16: Un Samol, 38, was sent to Preah Keatomealia hospital for treatment
after he was seriously injured in a revenge attack in front of his house in Srok
Thom village, Kandal Steung district, Kandal. Police said Samol, a blacksmith, was
beaten around the head with sticks by Sun Bunkhim, 22, and his brother, Sun Socheat,
21. They were later arrested.
OCTOBER 16: Sai Yio Kung, 38, and Sing Jhao Heur, 54, two Chinese nationals,
were arrested after two Vietnamese girls were found at their house in Teuk Laak 3
precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the arrests followed the issuing of a warrant by
municipal court deputy prosecutor Yet Chariya accusing the two of human trafficking
OCTOBER 16: Khmao, 19, a recycler, was sent to Preah Kossamak hospital
after being knocked down in a night-time quarrel in Psah Thmey 3 precinct, Phnom
Penh. Police said Khmao sustained massive head injuries after he was beaten by another
recycler, Doh Ao, who was stabbed during the incident. The two men had argued over
an ice-cream Doh Ao had bought.
OCTOBER 17: Chea Heng, 22, was shot dead at 7:30 pm after he and four accomplices
stole a motorbike in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Heng, who came
from Siem Reap province, but was staying at a guest-house in the Anarchy Building,
was gunned down by municipal police after he tried to evade arrest.
OCTOBER 17: An 11-year-old boy, Sien Vanna, was accidentally killed during
a mock fight at 6:40 pm in Kampong Praing village, Pia Raing district, Prey Veng.
Police said Vanna was hit on the neck by his 16-year-old brother, Sieng Sary. Vanna
OCTOBER 18: The bodies of four workers from Phnom Penh and Kandal province
were found floating in Tonle Bit port, Kampong Cham. Police said Srah, 23, and Se
Pros, 23, were found in Koh Sotin location, Chhien Kong, 17, and Sok Lai, 19, were
found in Srey Santhor district. The men drowned when a ferry carrying gravel for
a WFP road-building program in Srey Santhor sank two days earlier.
OCTOBER 18: Soeng Ruotha, 36, was arrested for rape at a guest-house in
Chak Angre Krom commune, Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest came
after a 16-year-old girl, who is a niece of the alleged rapist, complained that her
family threatened to kill her after finding out about the rape in Kra Van village,
Chamkar Leu district, Kampong Cham.
OCTOBER 18: A 27-year-old man, Dik Khan, was arrested after allegedly raping
a 9-year-old girl in Khaam Samnor village, Leuk Dek district, Kandal. Police said
the victim's parents complained to authorities that their daughter was given money
and raped after she was lured to his house at night.
OCTOBER 19: Sok Chanthou, 40, a fortune-teller, was beaten during a quarrel
at 11:40 am at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. Police said Chanthou was struck by another
fortune-teller, Nguon Borin, 30, who was later arrested. The attack was in retaliation
for Chanthou's beating of Borin's wife. She had come to Borin's aid earlier after
Borin refused to leave Chanthou's shop where he was drinking wine.
OCTOBER 20: Ou Vichna, 25, was sent to Calmette hospital for treatment
after attempting suicide at 1:30 pm on the riverside in front of the Royal Palace
in Phnom Penh. Doctors told police that she had tried to poison herself in despair
at a failed love affair.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampu- chea by