DECEMBER 15: A Swede, Roger Georges, 61, was found dead at a guesthouse in
Sihanoukville. Termes Michol, Georges' adopted son, told police Georges died of a
heart attack, and that previously he had survived two heart attacks in Thailand and
two in Cambodia. Georges worked as a French language teacher in Phnom Penh.
DECEMBER 16: Cheat Narth, 33, was knifed and severely injured during an argument
in Trapaing Phlong village, Kampong Cham province. Narth's wife, Neang Naron, told
police a man named Phart chopped her husband five times in the head, the neck, and
the shoulder then escaped. Naron said Phart is a brother of Chhun Ly, who owed her
husband 27,000 riel.
DECEMBER 18: Long Samol, 26, was arrested for the rape and murder 20 days
previously of a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Treng Trayoeng village, Kampong Speu province.
Sok Khemarin, deputy provincial police commissioner, said Samol killed Meth Sreyneang,
16, while she was walking home from a nearby school. Khemarin said Sreyneang's body
was found a day later. She had died from head injuries caused by being hit with a
rock after being raped.
DECEMBER 19: Sreng Srim, 20, was taken to a provincial hospital for treatment
after his girlfriend, Larch Noeun, 17, stabbed him during an argument at 12:40pm
in Sre Praing village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Noeun stabbed Srim in the
stomach with a knife then escaped but she was later arrested. A witness told police
Srim had left Noeun for another woman and she had probably been overcome with anger
while asking him for the return of a love souvenir photo he had promised.
DECEMBER 19: The body of Pal Kosal, 26, a son of National Assembly member
Pal Samoeun, was found floating in Boeng Kak in Sras Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police
said Kosal had jumped into the lake to escape the owner of a restaurant where he
had been unable to pay the bill after drinking three cans of beer and a bottle of
Wrestler red wine.
DECEMBER 20: Chea Chanthol, 47, a security guard at the National Bank, committed
suicide after killing his wife, Soam Samy, 42, who also worked at the bank, during
a jealousy argument about 10pm in Phnom Penh Thmey village, on the outskirts of Phnom
Penh. The couple's family told police Chanthol shot Samy three times in the head
with a K-59 handgun then shot himself. The family said Chanthol had tried to stop
Samy going to work at the bank where he believed she had developed a love affair
with another man.
DECEMBER 20: Phal Oun, 34, was found dead near a lake in Tuol Roka village,
Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police said Oun was murdered elsewhere and her body
dropped there around three or four days ago. Police later arrested a woman for questioning
because a witness said she was angry after Oun came to stop her while arguing with
DECEMBER 20: Him Sarout, 54, was shot dead while meeting with his village
chief at 7:15pm in Tumnop Dach village, Banteay Meanchey province. The village chief
told police that an unidentified man opened gunfire over his wooden house then escaped.
He said Sarout died on the scene after he was shot three times in the chest, three
times in the stomach, and three times in the thigh with an AK-47. The village chief
said the gunman attempted to kill him because people were not happy with him after
a land dispute.
DECEMBER 20: Chieu Sun, 19, was shot and severely wounded during an argument
at 7:30pm at a karaoke shop in Banteay Neang commune, Banteay Meanchey province.
Leang Chanda, 30, the shop's owner, told police one of six drunken people shot Sun
three times in the stomach and the arm with a handgun then escaped on motorbikes.
The gunman was identified as Hak Polin, 40.
DECEMBER 21: Police arrested Chey Phat, 45, who tried to escape on a stolen
motorbike at 11:15am in Prey Sar commune, Dangkao district, Phnom Penh. Police said
Phat and an accomplice, who escaped but was identified as Heng Nhanh, 44, robbed
a primary school teacher, Yong Wathany, 32, while she was driving home from her office.
Wathany said the pair blocked the path and aimed a handgun at her then escaped on
DECEMBER 21: Meas Nimuol, 32, a police officer at the Ministry of Interior,
was robbed at midnight while walking in the park in front of Wat Botum in Phnom Penh.
Nimuol said one gangster blocked his path and three others grabbed him from behind
then took 40,000 riel from his pocket and stole his watch. Nimuol arrested one robber
named Prum Ponin, 16.
DECEMBER 22: Bou Chhan, 52, was sent to a provincial hospital after being
axed during a drinking session at 6:30pm in Sre Reach village, Battambang province.
A witness told police Chhan was chopped in the temple while arguing with his partner,
Sal Som, 52, who escaped after the assault. The witness said Chhan and Som were drunk.
DECEMBER 23: Police are looking for six gangsters who killed Khon Phally,
25, at 9:30pm in a karaoke shop in Trapaing Thloeng village, Phnom Penh. A witness
said Phally was stabbed in the neck with a knife and died in a hospital. The witness
said the argument happened when Phally refused to hand over the microphone to the
six gangsters when they demanded it.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun