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Police Blotter: 29 August 2003

Police Blotter: 29 August 2003


AUGUST 15: A 36-year-old woman, Mao Dy, was knifed and severely injured during a family quarrel at 5:30 pm in Stung Meanchey commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the woman, a garbage collector, was stabbed in the stomach by her husband, Mam Mich, 34, who was drunk. Mich was arrested.

AUGUST 15: Sat Suon, 38, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment after being knifed in an argument at 11:30 am in Prey Kup village, Steung Sen district, Kampong Thom. Police said Suon was chopped twice in the head by his neighbor, Kong Ren, 41, who was later arrested. Ren was angry after Suon asked him for 1,500 riel after chopping down palm leaves for him.

AUGUST 16: A 37-year-old woman, Thun Tha, was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment after being knocked down during a family argument at 11:15 am in Serey village, Baribo district, Kampong Chhnang. Police said she was struck on the head with a hoe by her estranged husband, Surn Voeun, 41, who was drunk. Voeun was later arrested.

AUGUST 16: Two suspected robbers were knifed to death then decapitated during a burglary at 4:30 am in O'Beng village, Kampong Cham province. Police said the men, Im Voeun, 34, and Sam Khon, 28, were killed and their heads cut off after breaking in to the house of Maut Kop, 45. Kop, who was later arrested for the killings, told police that another man, Mao Than, 37, was also involved but had escaped.

AUGUST 16: Long Sothea, 37, was knifed and severely injured at 5:30 pm in Kampong Trach village, Romeas Hek district, Svay Rieng. Police said Sothea was stabbed in the chest by his younger brother, Bou Sivorn, 33, who was angry after Sothea struck him while he was drunk. Sivorn was not arrested after Sothea told police he was to blame.

AUGUST 17: A 23-year-old man, Hoeun, was beaten to death after stealing a motorbike at 4:30 pm in Anlong Gong village, Phnom Penh. Police said he was stopped and killed by a mob while trying to escape on the stolen motorbike. Soi Chak, 20, was arrested at the scene for trying to steal a motorbike, while an accomplice, identified as Pesith, 25, escaped to his house in Bati district, Takeo province.

AUGUST 17: Chhoam Chhieu, 32, was sent to the provincial hospital after being shot at 9:30 pm in a rice field in Chrey Taso village, Kampong Cham province. Chhieu said he had no idea why someone had shot him. The incident happened while he and his wife were hunting frogs behind their house.

AUGUST 18: Police sent Mam Sarin, 37, to Calmette Hospital after she was knifed at 9:30 pm in a guest house in Monorom commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Sarin, who has four children, was chopped on the head and stabbed once in the chest by her estranged husband, Seng Bunthoeun, 43. Bunthoeun told police he was angry that she had left him after a fight.

AUGUST 18: Meu Roeun, 42, was knifed to death and An Khurn, 35, was severely injured in Pun Saing village, Ang Snuol district, Kandal. Police said Roeun was stabbed five times while he and Khurn, his neighbor, were driving on a motorbike to a rice field in the early morning. Police said revenge was the likely motive as the bike was not stolen.

AUGUST 18: Sin Phally, 35, an employee at the Aural Clinic, was shot and later died in a robbery at 6:30 pm in Olympic precinct, Phnom Penh. A passerby told police that three gunmen on a motorbike blocked her path as she left to drive home, then shot her once in the chest and stole her new motorbike.

AUGUST 19: Police arrested two suspected robbers, Hak Touch, 25, and Siek Ran, 21, after they were accused of stealing a motorbike in Mondul 3 village, Siem Reap province. Police said the suspects had fled to Balaing village, Steung Sen district, Kampong Thom after one of them stole the motorbike.

AUGUST 19: Police arrested Khao Khoun, 38, after he was accused of a rape committed two days earlier in Santouk village, Kampong Thom province. Police said Khoun had raped a 65-year-old woman, who told police he had taken her to a forest while she was heading home from work. Khoun denied the charge saying she had consented to sex after they drank alcohol.

AUGUST 19: A construction worker, Ly Heng, 35, was injured at 4:30 pm after being accused of stealing a motorbike in Teuk Laak 3 commune, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said Heng was stopped and beaten by a mob after a motodop driver shouted for help. However police believe that theft was not the motive, as the motodop driver fled on his bike after the incident.

AUGUST 20: Police arrested Sot Thy, 26, one of four gunmen, after a robbery was committed at 5:50 pm in Tuol Thnoat village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said the man and his three accomplices threatened a gold vendor and smashed her jewelry case, before taking 150 damleung of gold and fleeing by car. Police confiscated an AK-47, a K-59 handgun and a K-54 handgun.

AUGUST 20: A 14-year-old girl was sent to the provincial hospital after she was found unconscious in the early morning under a bridge in Kampong Thom. Police said she had been raped by three men who then escaped on foot. The three were identified, and a warrant issued for their arrest.

AUGUST 21: Police sent a 22-year-old motodop driver, Song Sen, to the Russian Hospital for treatment after he was hacked during a robbery at 7:45 pm in K'bal Tumnop village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that Sen was chopped in the face and on the head while parking to collect money from his two passengers. They escaped on his motorbike.

AUGUST 21: An ice-vendor, Kim Leang, 35, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after being knifed in a revenge attack at 4:30 am in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said he was chopped in the neck by two unknown men who then escaped on a motorbike.

AUGUST 22: Soun Vichit, 31, was found hanged from a tree at 1:30 pm in Chruoy Changvar village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Soun Pisith told police that his brother likely committed suicide after his wife left him three months earlier.

AUGUST 23: Phlek Sem, 57, a cyclo driver, died at Calmette Hospital after being shot in a robbery at 5:40 pm in Boeung Trabek precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. A passer-by told police that Sem was shot in the chest with a K-59 handgun after trying to stop one of six robbers who escaped after stealing a motorbike. The bike's owner, Yien Tin, 33, was beaten with the butt of the gun during the robbery.

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

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