Police Blotter: 28 July 2006

Police Blotter: 28 July 2006

JULY 14: Police arrested four monks for assaulting a motodop driver after

a game of cards at their wat in Robos Ankanh village, Kandal province. Police named

the monks as Pich Sovannatuy, 20, Mao Pich, 23, Yu Yean, 25, and Seng Sovan, 19.

A bystander said the monks became angry and struck motodop driver Meas Buntheng,

29, with a long stick then chopped him with a cleaver after he won 9,000 riel from

them and tried to walk away.

JULY 15: Chan Thy, 36, a police officer at the navigation border unit in the

Ministry of Interior, was arrested at his house in Sleng Deidos village in Kandal

province for cheating businessman Sok Try out of $10,000. Police said Thy recently

agreed to sell a plot of land to Try for $30,000. Try deposited $10,000, then Thy

refused to sell the land but would not return Try's $10,000. Try, 52, is the owner

of a fish sauce factory in Chruoy Changvar village, Phnom Penh.

JULY 15: Vong Wai, 48, died in a Phnom Penh hospital after being stabbed and

severely injured while sleeping outside his house at 11:15pm in Prey Sbart village,

Kampong Speu province. Keat Tha, 45, told police that an unknown man opened the mosquito

net and stabbed her husband in the chest with a knife then ran away.

JULY 16: Police from the Ministry of Interior arrested the former Funcinpec

provincial governor of Kampot, Put Chandarith, who is accused of cheating and grabbing

land in Kampot province. Police said Chandarith fled to Battambang where he was arrested

in his car in the early morning. Chandarith was brought to Kampot province, where

he is alleged to have committed the offenses when he was governor.

JULY 17: Saut Yi, 48, a recycling metal collector, died instantly when a bomb

he was digging up with a hoe exploded at 7:10am in Prey Svay village, Ang Snoul district,

Kandal province.

JULY 18: Kong Doeun, 47, was arrested for questioning after his wife complained

to police that he raped a 12-year-old daughter a week earlier in O'Tavao village,

Pailin. The girl told police the father called her upstairs then raped her when he

was drunk. The girl said she tried to shout for help but the father threatened to

kill her with a knife. His wife said Doeun had tried to rape daughter three times

in the past year, but his advances had been unsuccessful.

JULY 19: A municipal police officer, Chea Borith, 33, was arrested for shooting

and wounding a student, Song Veasna, 21, who fell off a motorbike making a getaway

after a robbery. Borith said he shot Veasna three times with a K-59 handgun as he

fled with two accomplices, who escaped, after they snatched a gold necklace from

a passenger at 9:30am in Teuk Laak 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police arrested Borith

for questioning as Veasna denied stealing the necklace. Borith was later freed after

he promised to pay Veasna $5,000 for medical treatment.

JULY 20: Soeung Sim, 50, a technical police officer at the Ministry of Interior,

was found dead at 8am at Sok San guesthouse in downtown Kampong Cham province. The

guesthouse's owner, Koeut Sophat, 54, told police Sim was probably killed early in

the morning by his friend, who was seen leaving alone after staying the night with

Sim. Police said Sim was shot once in the head with an M16. The friend was later

arrested for questioning.

JULY 20: Noy Kollian, 24, was found hanging in a tree in a forest after she

had gone missing a day earlier in Trach Koang village, Kampong Speu province. Police

said Kollian was murdered and her body hanged there after being raped. Two suspects,

Phoum Thy, 33, and Loch Chot, 23, were later arrested by police for questioning because

they had been seen walking away from the area.

JULY 22: Ly Kimsan, 26, was shot dead by four robbers on three motorbikes

while he was driving home from his printing house office at midnight in Boeng Keng

Kang 3 commune, Phnom Penh. A witness, who lives on the second floor of his house,

said the robbers blocked Kimsan's path and one of them shot him three times with

a K-59 handgun then escaped on his motorbike.

JULY 24: Police arrested Chin Sophal, 32, accused of murder during a robbery

in Tbeng Khangkoeut village, Banteay Srey district, Siem Reap province. Police said

Sophal and his two accomplices escaped after killing a taxi-driver and stealing his

car on April 3, 2005. Police said the two others were recently arrested and are now

in a provincial prison awaiting trial.

JULY 24: Nhep Oun, 65, was found in a river at 7am in Chruoy Dang village,

Kandal province. Police lifted the body out of the water and said the woman was killed

with a hatchet and her one-and-a-half damleung (56-gram) gold necklace stolen when

she worked at a farmland with a stepdaughter, O Men, 26. Police arrested the stepdaughter

for questioning because they suspected she was involved.

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

Pheap

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