Police Blotter: 27 April 2001

Police Blotter: 27 April 2001

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APRIL 13: Yar Thy Phoeung, 34, was found dead at 9 am on the footpath of

a street in O Chhoeu Tiel village, Sihanoukville. Police said the victim, a Vietnamese

prostitute who frequented the city's Caledonian Bar, had been shot in the chest and

nose with a K-54 handgun and had her throat slit and her right ear cut off.

APRIL 13: Sun Limeng, 27, a taxi driver, was killed instantly and eight

other passengers were injured when a grenade exploded at 9:40 am in Prampi Makara

village, Santouk district, Kampong Thom. District Military Police Commander Sous

Vanna said the grenade, believed to have been strapped to the driver's waist, exploded

while the car was traveling at high speed.

APRIL 14: The body of a 35-year-old unidentified man was found floating

in a canal in Mitapheap village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said the victim

was possibly murdered a few days earlier as the body was badly decomposed. Revenge

was the suspected motive for the killing because a nylon line was found around his

neck.

APRIL 15: Four people were sent to Calmette hospital for treatment after

they were knifed in a quarrel at 2:30 pm while smearing the faces of girls with talcum

powder in the Khmer New Year at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. Police said the victims

were stabbed several times each by a group of youths who became angry after their

faces were smeared with the powder. The assailants escaped.

APRIL 15: A 37-year-old laborer, Phea, 37, was found dead at midnight at

his cottage located in the Phnom Penh railway yards. Friends of the victim told police

that Phea, from Prey Veng possibly died due to drinking a large quantity of beer

on an empty stomach the previous evening.

APRIL 15: Nguyen Yaing Tao, 25, was beaten and injured in a quarrel in

Dop Pi village, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim, a Vietnamese construction worker,

was hit on the head with a stick by Pol Veasna, whom he had stabbed with a broken

bottle.Tao demanded $150 in compensation. Veasna demanded $50.

APRIL 15: Huot Ork, 40, was knifed and severely injured in a dancing quarrel

at midnight in Prek Toal village, Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the

victim was chopped once in the back of his neck by Sdoeung Sinan, 23, who was arrested.

APRIL 15: A 30-year-old man, Vith, was found dead in the early morning

in Ta Kdol village, Takhmau district, Kandal. Police said the victim, a construction

worker from Kampong Cham province, had been axed several times in the head, the temple

and his neck while returning from a New Year dancing party. Revenge was the suspected

motive because the victim was very poor.

APRIL 15: Chea Chon, 31, was sent to Calmette hospital after he was knifed

and severely injured while urinating behind his house in Angkor Thmey village, Barset

district, Kampong Speu. Police said the victim was stabbed in the left chest by a

40-year-old neighbor, Moeun, whom he had argued with a week earlier over well water.

Moeun escaped.

APRIL 16: Four people were killed and 25 injured in a grenade attack at

a gambling den in Kampot town. Police said two people were killed on the spot and

two others later died in hospital.

APRIL 16: Khoeun Sopheap, 16, a palm tree climber from Ong Krang village,

Kampong Cham, was arrested in a guest-house at 8:30 pm in Ta Ley village, on the

outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest came after a 20-year-old woman complained

to the court that Sopheap had raped her at knifepoint while she was returning from

a card game.

APRIL 16: Ly Ra, 26, a moto-taxi driver, was arrested by a passerby and

later handed over to authorities after he attempted to rape a 17-year-old girl in

Chak Somram precinct, Saang district, Kandal. Police said that Ra promised to give

a ride for the girl from Chi Sau mountain to Phnom Penh, but instead drove her into

a rice field. Ra was released after he paid one million riel to the girl for mental

damage.

APRIL 16: San Samuol, 20, was sent to hospital for treatment after he was

knifed and seriously injured in a dancing quarrel at Kaley pagoda in Ba Phnom district,

Prey Veng. Police said the victim was stabbed once and the knife blade broke in his

chest after he stepped on the foot of Hai Thearith, 17, while dancing to disco music.

The assailant was arrested after the incident.

APRIL 17: A 35-year-old man, Tem Sokhan, was found hanging from a beam

of his house in the early morning in Kbal Tomnup village, Meanchey district, Phnom

Penh. Police said the victim, who was married with four children, possibly hanged

himself because he had been criticized by his wife for being drunk after returning

from a party.

APRIL 17: A 15-year-old girl was raped after returning from a midnight

walk in Boeng Chor village, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng. Police said the victim

was brought into a ricefield and raped by two neighbors, Seng Chan, 23, and Pol Pheak,

27. The rapists fled after the victim complained to authorities.

APRIL 17: Moeung Kimsuon, 44, was axed to death in a family quarrel at

9pm in Preah Ponlia village, Serey Sophoan district, Banteay Meanchey. Provincial

Criminal Office Chief Thach Sovorn said the victim was chopped six times in the head

and the face by her 45-year-old husband, Soeng Tong, who was angry because his wife

cooked food too late. Tong was arrested later.

APRIL 18: Roeun Vanna, 38, was robbed of two million riels at 8:30 pm at

his house in Kra Ya Thbaung village, Prasard Balaing district, Kampong Thom. Police

said the victim had had his hands bound and taken to a nearby forest by a group of

15 gunmen, who demanded $20,000 ransom. Vanna was freed later after his family paid

20 million riels to the kidnappers.

APRIL 18: A 40-year-old disabled woman, Sok Savorn, was beaten to death

in a family quarrel at noon in Svay village, Oudong district, Kampong Speu. District

Police Inspector Uch Bunsai said the victim, who was accused of having an extramarital

affair, was hit several times on the head with a steel bar by her estranged husband,

Oeu Ym, 55. The assailant was later arrested.

APRIL 20: Hem Chantharo, 18, was knifed and severely injured in a quarrel

at 1:50 am in Boeng Keng Kang 1 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said that an assailant,

Khieu Vanna, 17, picked up a knife from a sandwich seller and stabbed Chantharo for

staring at him. After his arrest, a dispute erupted at Calmette hospital when a military

police friend of Vanna challenged his arrest. A hospital security guard intervened.

Vanna was later taken into custody.

APRIL 21: Keo Veasna, 22, a moto-taxi driver, was shot in a robbery at

8 pm in Boeng Kak 2 precinct, Toul Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victim

was hit once in the mouth and through the throat by two passengers who stole his

motorbike. The victim was sent to Calmette hospital. The robbers escaped.

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

Pheap

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