Police Blotter: 31-January-2003

Police Blotter: 31-January-2003




JANUARY 18: Phin Harch, 45, committed suicide at 8 pm in Treng village, Rattanak

Mondol district, Battambang. Police said he hanged himself from a tree after his

wife blamed him for being drunk.

JANUARY 18: Srey Aun, 23, a beer girl, was sent to Calmette Hospital for emergency

treatment after attempting suicide at 10 pm in Psar Kandal 1 precinct, Phnom Penh.

Police said she drank a bottle of wine and jumped from the first floor of a guest

house after her boyfriend started seeing another woman.

JANUARY 18: Hans-Peter Andreas, a German national, was found dead at the New

Paris Guesthouse in Psar Thmei 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. He had died the previous day

from an overdose, police said, after they found seven packets of drugs, 14 bottles

of sleeping pills, and 19 syringes in his room.

JANUARY 18: Sek Chanda, 24, was shot dead in a night-time robbery after returning

from a play at Wat Svay Antor in Por Chrey village, Prey Veng province. His neighbor,

Hu Phnom, told police that three gunmen on a motorbike blocked Chanda's path and

shot him in the chest with a K-59 handgun before stealing his new motorbike.

JANUARY 19: The body of a 16-year-old boy, Tep Sophal, was found at 5:30

am on Norodom Boulevard in Tonle Bassac commune, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh.

Police said Sophal was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped there after he tried

to steal the belongings of his neighbor.

JANUARY 19: John Gray, 40, an American national, was found dead at the Sunway

Hotel in Phnom Penh. Police said he had died two days earlier from a drug overdose

after they found two packs of marijuana and other drugs in his room.

JANUARY 19: Van Sao, 56, a comedian, was sent to Calmette Hospital after being

knocked down in a revenge attack while parking his motorbike to buy a watermelon

at 8 pm in Tuol Sangke village, Phnom Penh. He told police that two men struck him

on the head with a stick then escaped on a motorbike. Sao alleged that Prak Sophearith,

the chief of Tuol Sangke market, was behind the attack as he had recently argued

with him.

JANUARY 20: Siem Longdy, 16, was sent to Preah Sihanouk Hospital for emergency

treatment after attempting suicide in Tuol Thnoat village, Kien Svay district, Kandal.

Police said he poisoned himself after his parents blamed him for spending the night

out with his friends.

JANUARY 20: Police are looking for a 25-year-old man, Phea, after a murder

attempt at 5:20 pm in Chrouy Changvar village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police

said Phea axed Seng Phin, 51, three times in the head after an argument at a coffee

shop. Phin was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment, but was not expected to survive.

JANUARY 21: San Hiep, 31, was found dead at 4:30 pm in a canal in Ron village,

Mong Russei district, Battambang. Police said Hiep was shot in the neck during the

theft of his motorbike. Police said a witness saw three people leaving the scene

on a motorbike after the shooting.
JANUARY 21: Yuon Sovan, 32, was found dead at his house in Phnom Del village,

Banteay district, Kampong Cham. Police found a suicide note that stated, "Mother,

please forgive me as I have many problems that I cannot solve." They said he

poisoned himself after a girl refused his advances.

JANUARY 22: Sim Pinh Sai, 48, a Singapore national, died on the way to Calmette

Hospital after he was shot in an attack at 9:30 pm after getting inside a car on

Street 63 in Psar Thmei 1 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot four times

in the chest with a K-59 handgun by two men who then escaped on a motorbike. Sources

say Sim, who was involved in the Olympic Hotel project under way at the Olympic stadium,

was heavily indebted to several sources, both here and in Singapore. He had been

"panicky" for months, fearing for his life.

JANUARY 22: One person died instantly and two others were seriously injured

in an accident while riding a motorbike at 8 pm on National Road 1 in Boeung Chhouk

village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police said the victims were struck by a

truck carrying pigs to the city after the truck driver swerved to avoid paying road

tax at a checkpoint.

JANUARY 22: Huon, 31, a motodop driver from Thmei village, Svay Rieng province,

was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after suddenly losing consciousness at

9 pm in the park in front of Wat Botum Vaddei in Phnom Penh. Police said he was drugged

with sleeping pills after drinking several cans of black beer given by two passengers.

They then stole his bike.

JANUARY 23: Na Sokny, 25, a soldier in the military band, was shot and

wounded in a robbery at 5:15 pm on Russian Federation Boulevard in Ta Ngoun village,

Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. A witness told police that three robbers on a motorbike

shot him in the shoulder with a K-59 handgun then stole his new motorbike. Police

sent him to Calmette Hospital.

JANUARY 23: Puot Socheat, 23, a primary school teacher, was gunned down in

a robbery at 7:30 pm in Rom Chek village, Battambang province. Police said he was

shot in the chest and died on the way to the provincial hospital as he tried to arrest

two gunmen who had unsuccessfully attempted to steal a motorbike belonging to Tim

Phoung, 22.

JANUARY 23: Kao Hing, 23, was shot and severely wounded during a robbery at

4:10 pm in Psar Thmei 3 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said he was shot in the shoulder

and leg with a K-59 handgun after he threw a rock at two men who stole his brother's


JANUARY 24: The body of a 25-year-old unidentified woman was found in the

early morning on National Road 6A in Russei Chrouy village, Russei Keo district,

Phnom Penh. Police said she had been strangled elsewhere then dumped there, as a

witness had seen a tourist car parked there the previous night. The reason for the

murder is not known.

JANUARY 24: Keo Eve, 50, a construction material shop owner, was robbed at

3:20 pm on Street 217 in O'Russei 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. He told police that two

men on a motorbike parked in front of his house and threatened him with a gun before

stealing 45 million riel.

JANUARY 24: Kim Pisey, 34, a restaurant owner, was arrested for human trafficking

in Psar Depot 3 precinct, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. Police said the anti-trafficking

NGO AFESIP filed a complaint with the court that Pisey had detained three women at

her restaurant to provide sexual services to customers. The three women, one of whom

is 17 years old, another 18, and the third 25, were handed over to AFESIP for protection.

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


  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Endangered animals found dead in Pailin

    An endangered gaur was one of “many” wild animals found dead in “dozens” of illegal traps in Pailin province’s Phnom Khieu Wildlife Sanctuary, said Chit Thy, a military officer working with rangers to protect the conservation area, on Wednesday. Thy, an officer in the 507