Police Blotter: 28 January 2005

Police Blotter: 28 January 2005

JANUARY 13: A group of five gunmen escaped after they killed a man during

a nighttime robbery in Prey Trach village, Takeo province. Chouk Sina told police

the robbers killed her husband after stealing 2 million riel. Police said the victim,

Khlaing Noeun, 41, was taken out of the house and shot in the head with an AK-47.

JANUARY 13: Police arrested Buot Lous, 38, after he committed a murder at

10 a.m. in Kauk Trop village, Battambang province. Police said Lous killed his wife

during a family feud. Three months pregnant, Mao Sengkim, 32, was chopped twice in

the head with a heavy knife, and stabbed several times in the chest and the stomach,

and died instantly at the scene.

JANUARY 14: Ung Chhunleang, 46, was shot in the back while driving home in

his car at 7:40 p.m. on Monivong Boulevard in Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police

suspect revenge was the reason because Chhunleang recently had a land dispute in

Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Chhunleang was sent to Calmette Hospital and was later

transferred to a hospital in Thailand.

JANUARY 14: A moto-taxi driver, Cheng Song, 35, was sent to a hospital after

being found unconsciousness in the early morning at a guesthouse in Damrey Chornkhla

village, Kampong Thom province. Song recovered and he later told a doctor that he

had been drugged with sleeping pills while eating dinner the previous night with

his two passengers who stole his motorbike.

JANUARY 14: Sok Sochea, 44, was arrested for rape in Teuk Laak 1 commune,

Phnom Penh. Police said Sochea raped his 14-year-old daughter and tried to escape

on a motorbike after he committed the last rape three days previously. The girl said

she had been raped repeatedly over two years and that Sochea threatened to kill her

whole family if she told her mother about it.

JANUARY 15: A 58-year-old woman, Kreal Vanthouch, died at Calmette Hospital

after she was shot during a revenge attack at 4:30 p.m. in front of her house in

Psar Doeumthkao commune, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that two unknown men shot

her in the chest then they escaped on a motorbike. A neighbor, Soung Veng, 69, was

also shot and severely wounded during the same attack.

JANUARY 15: A mob killed one of two suspected robbers after they were found

hiding at 8:15 p.m. at a house in Trapaing Leap village, Kampong Speu province. Police

said the mob caught Kan Thoeun, 29, and killed him with heavy knives and axes after

he was accused of attempting to steal a cow. Police found an AK-47 that belonged

to an accomplice who left it at the scene before fleeing.

JANUARY 16: The body of a 4-month-old baby was found in a basket under a tree

at 3:30 p.m. in front of Psar Chhnang in Sam Rong village, Kampong Chhnang province.

Police suspect a couple killed the baby as they had been seen while dropping the

basket at the place.

JANUARY 16: Sin Sophal, 29, was knifed and seriously injured during a celebration

party for his new house in Peam village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Sophal

was struck several times in the head with a heavy knife after trying to stop two

groups of gangsters during an argument among dancers at his party.

JANUARY 17: A 16-year-old boy, Khy Khin, escaped after he knifed a 7-year-old

girl at 8:15 p.m. in Chong village, Prey Veng province. Ty Koeun said Khin attempted

to kill her daughter. Bun Keang was stabbed once in the neck and three times in the

chest while sleeping in bed. The girl was taken to the provincial hospital for surgery.

JANUARY 17: Police arrested one of three persons, Neang Phan, 22, after being

accused of a rape committed the previous day in Tadeth village, Svay Reang province.

Police said Phan and two other accomplices identified as Douch Socheath, 22, and

Roeun, 23, escaped after raping a 16-year-old girl while returning home from a dance

during a nighttime wedding party.

JANUARY 18: Three gunmen escaped after robbing two jewelry vendors at 7:15

p.m. at O'Russei. A witness said the robbers aimed weapons at the couple and took

a money bag containing three million riel and some jewelry while preparing to close

their shop.

JANUARY 18: Police arrested two suspected robbers while they were dancing

during a wedding party at 7:30 p.m. in Chek village, Takeo province. Kin Var, 58,

told police that Hang Heang, 22, and San Vanna, 18, knocked him on the head with

a long stick then they escaped after stealing 86,000 riel while he was riding home

on a bicycle.

JANUARY 19: Seng Touch, 44, and her neighbor, Um Dany, 30, were sent to Calmette

Hospital for treatment after being severely injured in a robbery at 10:15 a.m. in

Chraing Chamras 1 village, Phnom Penh. Police said Touch was chopped with a heavy

knife by Yoeu Mean, 30, who was arrested after trying to escape with a one damleung

gold necklace, and a one damleung bracelet. Dany was stabbed in the stomach with

a knife after coming to help Touch.

JANUARY 19: Three gunmen committed a robbery and escaped on a stolen motorbike

at around 7 p.m. in Kam Reang village, Kandal province. A witness told police the

robbers blocked the path of a garment worker, Sok Rithy, 21, and shot him in the

thigh with a handgun then they stole his motorbike. Police took Rithy to Preah Kossamak

hospital in Phnom Penh for surgery.

JANUARY 19: Police arrested Lart Leng, 33, after a 57-year-old woman accused

him of rape at 11 a.m. in Taney village, Sihanoukville. The woman told police that

Leng brought her to a nearby forest and raped her while walking home from buying

rice at a private shop about one kilometer from the house. Leng confessed that he

raped the woman because he was drunk.

JANUARY 20: A guesthouse owner found the naked body of a British national,

identified only as Cavendish, 43, at his room in Sihanoukville. Police have no comment

about the death, but said Cavendish had been staying at the guesthouse for over two

weeks and he probably died in his bed at around 3 a.m. after returning from drinking

beer. The body was sent to the British Embassy in Phnom Penh for investigation.

JANUARY 20: Soy Seng, 52, was found hanged with a rope at 4:30 p.m. from the

roof of his house in Prey Veng Khangkoeut village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Police said Seng committed suicide after he had argued with his wife.

JANUARY 20: Sit Cheap, 49, was knifed and severely injured during a family

argument in Anlong Vil village, Battambang province. Police said Cheap was stabbed

in the stomach by his son, Lam Chhunly, 16, who was later arrested. Chhunly became

angry after Cheap threatened to kill him with a hoe when he was drunk. Cheap was

sent to a hospital in the province.

JANUARY 22: The body of a 40-year-old unidentified man was found on a hill

located in Trapaing Chhouk village, Kandal province. Police said the man was strangled

with a rope elsewhere. The reason for the murder is not known.

JANUARY 22: Sam Oun, 22, was axed and severely injured during a nighttime

dancing argument in Prey Chamkar village, Prey Veng province. A witness said Oun

was chopped twice by an unknown man who escaped.

JANUARY 23: A British national, Nicholas Harvey, 39, was found naked and dead

in his locked room in Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh. A doctor said the man died from

a drug overdose as some medicines and narcotic drugs were found on his bed. The body

was sent to Calmette Hospital for an autopsy.

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



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