JUNE 18: A motorbike taxi driver, Sau Chhuy, 23, was found hanged in a tree
in the early morning at a cashew field in Traing village, Siem Reap province. A villager
told police Chhuy was probably killed by two unidentified men because they had been
seen there before the murder the previous night. Police suspected the two men killed
Chhuy and stole his bike.
JUNE 18: Yim Yon, 27, was shot with a crossbow during a revenge attack at
5:10pm in Kauk Krabey village, Kampong Cham province. Yon was taken to a district
hospital but later transferred to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh to remove an arrowhead
after a neighbor shot him in the back. The man escaped.
JUNE 18: Police shot dead nine and wounded seven of 40 prisoners who tried
to escape from Battambang prison when they were let out to urinate. Ek Krith, Provincial
Police Commissioner, said the prisoners took a policeman hostage then killed him
while exchanging gunfire with authorities. Krith said the prisoners had a handgun
that had possibly been smuggled into the prison in a durian. His investigations are
JUNE 19: Auy Chhurn, 28, was sent to a hospital for treatment after being
knifed during an argument at 5:10pm in Chrouy Russey village, Kandal province. Police
said Chhurn was stabbed twice in the stomach by Phoan Cheap, 18, who was later arrested.
A bystander said Cheap was angry because Chhurn had punched Cheap's father in the
facae while arguing with him during a drinking session.
JUNE 19: Four gangsters escaped after killing Kouy Sarith, 29, during a nighttime
dancing argument at a funeral ceremony in Kauk Banteay village, Kampong Chhnang province.
Police said Sarith was stabbed once in the chest with a knife by one of the four
JUNE 20: Police arrested a Chinese fortuneteller, Seav Hong, 55, who was accused
of cheating a total of $200,000 from more than ten people in Phnom Penh. Police said
each of the complainants had handed a bag of jewelry to Hong and asked her to perform
magic to bring good luck for their business. Each time, Hong substituted fake jewelry
and warned the owner not to open the bag for a week.
JUNE 20: A part-time motorbike taxi driver, Dol Doeun, 25, an assistant to
a deputy governor of Kandal province, was found unconsciousness in the early morning
in Prey Pring village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Doeun, who was later treated
at Chantrea clinic, said he had been drugged with the smoke of a cigarette the previous
night while carrying a man who stole his motorbike.
JUNE 21: Municipal Court warranted American Michael Joseph Pepe, 53, who was
accused of pedophilia with three underage girls in Phnom Penh. The court also detained
four Cambodian women, Koeung Lang, Ly Kim Eng, Choeung Thisan and Thanh Thing. They
were charged with selling the girls to Pepe, who works part-time as an English teacher
at the Pannasastra University. The girls told police Thisan and Thing took off their
dresses and kept them in a closed room while they had sex with Michael. The girls
said the women taught them how to have sex.
JUNE 21: Police arrested Kok Sang, 22, who was accused of raping a 33-year-old
woman the previous day in Chambak Khpous village, Kampong Thom province. The woman
told police Sang punched her twice in the face, threw her to the ground, then raped
her in a cucumber field where she was working alone. Police said Sang had got married
only two months earlier.
JUNE 22: Two people were arrested for drug trafficking after police found
945 amphetamime pills in a plastic bag in Teuk Thlar commune, Banteay Meanchey province.
Police named traffickers as Huot Vy, 32, and Sam Lek, 23, and said they were bringing
the pills to sell to Tan Khat, 60, who escaped.
JUNE 23: Chheang Kao, 28, was robbed of his mobile phone while selling Chinese
medicine at his shop at 1:15pm in O'Russei commune, Phnom Penh. Kao said one of two
robbers entered the shop and aimed a K-54 handgun at him then escaped on a motorbike
after stealing his phone, valued at $540.
JUNE 24: Police arrested two people after they were accused of receiving stolen
property in O'Russei commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the two had been buying motorbikes
from robbers. However, the family of one of the two arrested said police offered
to free the pair if the families paid a ransom of $500 each.
JUNE 25: Loeung Sokha, 40, a recycling vendor, was shot dead at midnight while
buying material from two people in front of his house in Chumpouvoan village, Phnom
Penh. A neighbor said the men sold scrap metal to Sokha for 10,000 riel, then shot
him six times with an AK-47. They escaped on a motorbike. The motive for the killing
JUNE 25: Phay Hoeun, 35, was sent to a provincial hospital for treatment after
her husband, Long Pha, 45, chopped her with a heavy knife during family violence
in the early morning in Salong village, Kampong Chhnang province. Heun's sister,
Phay Socheat, 20, told police Pha pulled Hoeun out of the house and chopped her once
in the shoulder and twice in the head, then escaped into a nearby forest.
JUNE 26: A 58-year-old man, Tri Roeun, was arrested for raping an eight-year-old
girl the previous day in a rice field in Andaung Chin village, Battambang province.
The girl told police Roeun asked her to buy a 300-riel ice cream for him, but when
she returned he gave her 200 riel then raped her.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun