Police Blotter: 29 March, 2002

Police Blotter: 29 March, 2002


MARCH 15: Ung Siem, 50, was murdered and her husband, Chea Hak, 52, owner

of a motorbike spares shop, seriously injured during a robbery in Trapaing Kraleung

village, Kampong Speu province. Police said the couple's throats were cut while they

were eating dinner. Their son, Chea Thong, 17, and daughter, Chea Kimnay, 14, were

also attacked and sent to Calmette Hospital.


MARCH 16: Ann Chomroeun, 42, was shot and later died in hospital while

walking to her home on 130 Street in Psah Thmei 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said

she was shot in the jaw with a K-54 handgun by two people on a motorbike. Police

suspect revenge as Chomroeun recently refused to relinquish her house after losing

a lawsuit brought by her second husband, Chhou Hong.

MARCH 16: A 15-year-old girl was raped in the afternoon at her home in

Tonle Bassac precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Police said the girl was

raped by a neighbor, Min Noak, 57, who was later arrested.

MARCH 16: Nhet Someth, 23, was found hanging from a tree at 1:30 pm in

Cheng Meanchey village, Battambang province. Police said Someth hanged herself after

an argument with her parents.

MARCH 17: A 40-year-old pregnant woman, Bou Siamsitha, was found hanging

from the window of her house at around 6am in Chung Houk village, Kampong Siem district,

Kampong Cham. Police said the woman had told a neighbor she was concerned at her

husband's drinking habit.

MARCH 17: Sren Tiwaly, 43, and her sister, Sren Mas, 36, were knifed and

seriously injured during a quarrel at noon in Chrouy Thmar village, Kampong Cham

province. Police said the victims were chopped several times each by their bread-vendor

neighbor, Phoan, who was later arrested.

MARCH 18: Two workers died instantly and four others were severely injured

when their truck crashed on Route 4 in Kam Baul village, Ang Snuol district, Kandal.

Police said the vehicle overturned after the driver lost control while swerving to

avoid a motorbike that had crashed.

MARCH 18: The body of an 18-year-old man, Heng Manten, was found at 9 am

in a canal in Prey Veng village, Kampong Speu province. Police said Manten was struck

on the head with a rock by two friends who then stole his motorbike. The two are

believed to have fled to Poipet.

MARCH 18: Sia Rom, 36, was knifed to death during a family quarrel at 9:30pm

in Svay Sar village, Kandal province. Police said Rom was knifed numerous times after

he tried to kill his brother-in-law, Bay Thy, 21. Both Thy and Rom's wife, Bay Roeun,

43, were arrested for the killing.

MARCH 19: Oak Sam Arth, 36, a policeman from Daun Penh district, died in

an accident at midnight at the junction of streets 154 and 13 in Chey Chumnas commune,

Phnom Penh. Police said a LandCruiser struck the bike driven by Sam Arth's friend,

Dan Sinath. 25. Another LandCruiser then ran over him. Sinath was severely injured.

MARCH 19: Chan Sakhan, 48, a gold seller, was sent to Calmette Hospital

after she was wounded in a robbery at 6:20am in Psah Doeumkor precinct, Phnom Penh.

Police said two gunmen on a motorbike shot her twice in the legs with a K-59 handgun

after she called for help. The robbers escaped after stealing a jewelry bag and cash.

MARCH 19: A money-changer was beaten with a gun in a robbery at 6:30 am

while walking to her stall at Psah Kandal in Phnom Penh. Police said she was hit

several times by three people on motorbikes who escaped after stealing 3 million

riel and ten damleung of gold.

MARCH 19: Chhin Jhien Fa, 50, a Chinese national, was kidnapped at 7 am

while driving a car from Ang Snuol district to Phnom Penh on Route 4. Police said

Jhien Fa, the owner of a box factory, was taken by a Chinese national who telephoned

his family demanding a ransom of $500,000. Police said Jhien Fa was likely dead as

he was not released after his family paid $100,000 to the kidnapper.

MARCH 20: Hem Chomroeun, 30, a moto-taxi driver, died in an accident at

8:30 am on National Road 1 in Kaki village, Kien Svay district, Kandal. Police said

Chomroeun, who had been married for only one month, was struck from behind and died

instantly while trying to overtake a petrol tanker. The driver of the Total truck

was arrested at the scene.

MARCH 20: Four performing artists died and eight others were seriously

injured after a truck overturned at 11:30 am in Kampong Ampil village, Pia Raing

district, Prey Veng. Police said the victims, who were members of a well-known traveling

group from Kampong Cham province, were returning from Takeo province where they had

performed the previous night.

MARCH 21: In San, 20, a garment worker, died after being sent to Calmette

Hospital after suddenly losing consciousness at 8:45 am in Chak Angre Krom village,

Mean Chey district, Phnom Penh. Police said San, who was engaged, may have committed

suicide using medication after her parents forced her into the marriage.

MARCH 21: Sot Sokna, 16, was found dead at noon in a rice field in Phnom

Krapeu village, Takeo province. Police said Sokna was first raped, then had her throat

cut and her eye cut out. She had been gathering firewood in a forest.

MARCH 21: Ma Phang, 65, and his wife, Soeuk, 64, were murdered in a robbery

at midnight in Trapaing Veng village, Kampot province. Police said neighbors called

Phang from his home and killed him with a hoe. They then took his body back inside

the house and burned it after stealing jewelry and 600,000 riel Phang had made from

selling his land.

MARCH 21: Muot Socheat, 24, was beaten to death in a family quarrel at

9:30 pm in Prey Me as 2 village, Ang Snuol district, Kandal. Police said Socheat

was hit with a stick by his 37-year-old brother, Muot March, who was angry after

they had a drunken argument. March ran away.

MARCH 21: A 61-year-old man, Sam Surn, was knifed to death during a family

quarrel at 10:45 am in Paun village, Barai district, Kampong Thom. Police said Surn

was chopped in his neck by his wife, Kim Suon, 65, while he was making a fire. The

couple had argued while drunk. Suon was arrested.

MARCH 22: Pin Sokthida, 20, a student from the National Institute of Management,

was found dead about 300 meters from Route 6A in Khday Chas village, Mouk Kampoul

district, Kandal. Police said Sokthida had been murdered two weeks earlier while

leaving the house with her boyfriend, Yin Watanak, 20. Police originally suspected

Watanak as the killer, but later reported finding Watanak's body nearby three days

after finding Sokthida's, and now suspect robbery was the motive for the killings.

MARCH 23: The body of a two-week-old baby was found in a suitcase in the

early morning at Wat Phnom precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said the baby may have been

murdered as the skin was punctured and her eyes were still open. The body was buried

at the riverside in Psah Chas precinct and may be exhumed to determine the cause

of death.

MARCH 23: Sun Routana, 25, a brewery company employee, was sent to Calmette

Hospital for treatment for a slashed throat received during a robbery at 11:15am

near Kien Khlaing pagoda, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. His motorbike was stolen.

He had been sitting by the river.


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