JANUARY 11: Police are looking for Sam Rin, 36, who is accused of
organizing the revenge murder of Khan Bunthoeun, 24, at 6:30pm in Koh Chamroeun
village, Kandal province. Police said Rin and two accomplices, Au Phally, 30,
and Rean Phirin, 29, escaped after knifing Bunthoeun, who later died at Calmette
JANUARY 13: Ros Nam, 24, was axed in the head and
severely injured in a nighttime argument at a wedding party dance in Kbal Thnal
village, Svay Reang province. A bystander told police the argument happened
after Nam stepped on the foot of Soeu Samnang, 24, while rock-dancing. Nam was
sent to a provincial hospital, then was transferred to a hospital in Vietnam.
Samnang was later arrested.
JANUARY 14: Police arrested three
people after a 24-year-old woman accused them of raping her the previous day in
Nikum village, Battambang province. The suspects were identified from a police
line-up as Chhoeu Poch, 22, Yim Phon, 36, and An Hon, 25. The woman told police
they raped her in a rice field where she was harvesting with her
JANUARY 14: A 12-year-old girl, Ken Chansin, was found
dead in the morning in Chroa Norm village, Kampong Cham province. Police who
inspected the scene said the girl had been raped then murdered the previous day
while looking after her family's cows.
JANUARY 14: Ke Chrep, 31,
was arrested for a murder she committed at 9:30am in Treng Trayoeng village,
Kampong Speu province. Police said Chrep killed a nephew, Sok Routha, 8, with a
hoe then dumped the body down a deep well. Police said Chrep had had a mental
problem after her husband, Ban Bin, 34, was arrested a week earlier for torching
a neighbor's house during an argument.
JANUARY 14: A boy who
tended cows, Soy Rim, 16, was killed when a B-40 bomb exploded in the afternoon
at a rice field in Trapaing Thom village, Kampong Speu province. Soun Chan, a
deputy commissioner of Phnom Srouch district, said the bomb exploded when Rim
tried to open it for recycling.
JANUARY 15: Four employees of a
Christian Bible school in Sihanoukville were arrested for fatally injuring a
Vietnamese man, Nguyen Yaing Theav, 40, in Sihanoukville. Police said the
assailants, Keo Kimsan, 19, Kong Soeun, 22, Routh Chek, 23, and Ly Sochit, 20,
told police Nguyen was trying to steal school property. Nguyen was struck with a
stick and later died at a hospital from massive head injuries.
16: Cambodian People's Party Senator Thong Chon was robbed of his mobile
phone at 11:45am at a garage where he was getting his car repaired in Srah Chak
commune, Phnom Penh. Chon said he was sitting on a chair talking on his phone
when one of two robbers, who wore student uniforms, aimed a K-59 handgun at him,
seized his phone then escaped on a motorbike.
JANUARY 16: A
tailor, Suy Sinoeun, 24, was shot dead at 7:20pm during a robbery while speaking
on a mobile phone on his motorbike parked in Teuk Laak 3 commune, Phnom Penh. A
bystander said two robbers aimed a K-54 handgun at Sinoeun and shot him once in
the head when he tried to resist them. The robbers then escaped on Sinoeun's
JANUARY 17: Police arrested Sien Vichhay, 20, after he
robbed his boss, Bae Sung Yong, 40, a Korean national, who owned Suwarae in
Thnal village, Siem Reap province. Chao Mao Rirak, deputy chief of foreign
office, said Vichhay and two accomplices who escaped stole a gold ring, a mobile
phone and $7,600 in cash from Bae the previous night.
Tith Polen, 36, a CTN newsreader, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being
attacked with acid while riding home at 6:45pm in Wat Phnom commune, Phnom Penh.
A witness said two people on a motorbike threw a plastic bag of acid over Polen
then fled. Polen's face was not injured because he was wearing a helmet. Soy
Sopheap, a reporter at the CTN, declined to comment on the acid attack, but said
Polen had just married a month ago.
JANUARY 18: A 34-year-old
woman, Nhep Srey, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty
of a murder a year ago in Prek Yuon village, Kampong Cham province. The
presiding judge, Tith Sothy, said at the hearing that Srey killed a 10-year-old
girl, Khin Sreinet, and dumped her body into a pond in front of the house while
her mother, Nhor Thol, 42, was not at home. Sothy said Srey, who was arrested a
day after the murder, had stolen 4.5 million riel, and a five chi (19-gram) gold
JANUARY 18: Thouk Launh, 25, was fatally gunned down at
7:30pm in Chikor village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Launh was shot four
times with an AK-47 while eating dinner at his house. The gunman was not known,
but police said it was a revenge attack.
JANUARY 19: Four robbers
escaped on two motorbikes after shooting dead a Thai national, Din Chaipak
Thaimey, 27, and stealing his mobile phone while he was returning home on a
moto-taxi at midnight in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. The motorbike taxi
driver said the man was shot in the back and died instantly while trying to
resist the robbers. The driver speculated that the phone was worth around
JANUARY 19: A motorbike taxi driver, Sous Poeu, 34, was sent
to a hospital for treatment after being severely injured during a robbery while
carrying a passenger in the early morning in Chruoy Changvar commune, Phnom
Penh. A bystander said the passenger ordered Poeu to stop and struck him five
times on the head with a hammer then escaped on his motorbike.
19: Police arrested Sok Samnang, 27, after he killed his friend Thea, 27,
during a drinking session at 9:15pm in Ta Tea village, Svay Rieng province.
Police said Samnang was jealous and chopped Thea eight times with an ax when
Thea drunkenly made a play for Samnang's wife.
JANUARY 20: A crowd
beat to death Um Sarath, 28, a garment worker at QMI, in Cham Pei village,
Kampong Speu province, when Sarath and two accomplices entered the house of Sum
Yon, 67, and tried to steal his motorbike. Yon said he just bought the bike a
JANUARY 20: Three robbers escaped on a stolen
motorbike after wounding Phat Vichet, 26, at 7:30am in Kraing Daun Tei village,
Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Vichet said the robbers blocked his bike and
pushed his wife down then shot him once in the arm with a handgun before
stealing his bike.
JANUARY 20: Noeu Socheat, 26, was robbed of his
mobile phone while walking at 10:30pm in Toul Tompong 1 commune, Phnom Penh.
Socheat told police one of three robbers aimed a handgun at him and seized his
phone and $310 in cash, then escaped on a motorbike.
Seng Pheng, 39, killed his wife then himself at 6:30pm in Rom Chek village,
Kampong Cham province. Keo Samneang, a deputy commissioner of Me Mut district,
said Pheng called his wife upstairs and stabbed her in the throat with a knife,
then stabbed himself in the throat. Samneang suspected that a spirit entered
Pheng because he had not argued with his wife before the
JANUARY 23: When Khay Kaing argued with his wife she
retaliated by trying to cut his penis off. Kaing, 40, of Kampong Cham province,
came home early on Saturday after a night of drinking and karaoke, argued with
his wife and slapped her. Then as he got into bed she came at him with scissors
and tried to cut off his penis. Kaing walked 500 meters to a relative's home to
seek help, and later a doctor put him back together with 25
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei
Kampuchea by Aun Pheap