MAY 22: Ham Sorm, 65, was shot dead in a robbery at 8:45 pm in Kal Meak village,
Stung Sen district, Kampong Thom. Police said three masked gunmen shot him with an
AK-47 then stole 300,000 riel. Phao Ly, 45, the victim's wife, was tortured and later
released. Police said the motive was not robbery but sorcery as Sorm had recently
been accused of witchcraft.
MAY 22: A 46-year-old man, Yous Yi, was shot dead during a revenge attack
at around 7 pm while drinking tea with his four neighbors in Kraing Chambak village,
Prey Veng province. Police said he was shot three times in the chest by an unknown
assailant who then ran away.
MAY 22: Yard Bunly, 40, a motodop driver, was sent to the provincial hospital
after being shot in a robbery at around 4 pm in Taing Krauch village, Samrong Tong
district, Kampong Speu. Police said Bunly was hit on the head with a hammer and shot
three times with a K-54 handgun as he fought two passengers who were trying to steal
MAY 23: The body of a 30-year-old unidentified man was found in the river
near Chroy Changvar bridge in Phnom Penh. Police, who found a letter in his pocket,
said he committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. The letter stated that he had
AIDS and wanted to be cremated at Preah Puot pagoda if he drowned.
MAY 23: A 24-year-old woman, Keo Than, was found dead in the forest near Ta
Mol village, Chhbar Morn district, Kampong Speu. Police said she had been raped then
murdered. They suspect her motodop driver was responsible, and had robbed her first,
as her three chi gold necklace was missing. Khon Veasna, 22, was arrested on May
30 and confessed to the killing.
MAY 24: Bit Chea, 28, was knifed and severely injured in a revenge attack
while asleep in his hammock at night at his house in O'Mal village, Battambang province.
Police said Chea's throat was cut by Boeun Mao, 25, Phon Sophoin, 17, and Pau Sophanna,
16. All three were later arrested.
MAY 24: Police arrested Prim Tre, 35, after he was accused of murdering an
elderly woman two days earlier in Koh Tonse village, Banteay Meas district, Kampot
province. Police said Tre raped and strangled 82-year-old Thep Nheung before fleeing
to Prey Tapreuk village.
MAY 24: Sen Sren, 32, a motodop driver, was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital
after being shot in a robbery at 4:30 am while riding along Street 292 in Boeung
Kak 2 precinct, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh. The victim told police that two gunmen
blocked his path then shot him in the stomach after they tried to take his bike key.
The men escaped empty-handed.
MAY 25: Le Hong, 22, and two accomplices escaped after committing a murder
in Stung Thmei village, Siem Reap province. Police said they killed Hong's neighbor,
Nou Routtanak, a motodop driver. Hong was angry after he saw Routtanak staying with
his masseuse girlfriend, Kong Kea. He was stabbed several times and died later at
MAY 26: Hok Ra, 31, an ice-cream vendor, was knifed and severely injured in
an argument in Prey Roka village, Ang Snoul district, Kandal. Police said Ra was
stabbed in the shoulder by another ice-cream vendor, Khun Ieng, 34, who was immediately
arrested. Ieng told police that Ra had forbidden him from setting up his stall nearby
to compete with him.
MAY 26: Yim Bunthy, 43, was robbed of her jewelry at 7:30 am in Tonle Bassac
commune, Phnom Penh. She told police that an unidentified man had entered her house
and threatened to kill her with a sickle if she called for help. He then tied her
arms behind her back and stole a two chi platinum necklace, a five chi bracelet,
her handphone and 120,000 riel in cash.
MAY 26: Pe Sao, 34, was knifed to death while watching television at 9 pm
at her house in Ta Yeung village, Thmar Pouk district, Battambang. Police said the
woman, the second wife of Kheng Hurn, 41, was stabbed in the chest and the stomach
and axed once in the face. Police suspect revenge was the motive as she had argued
with her husband's family last year.
MAY 27: Malis Meas, 33, was arrested after a murder was committed in Sambo
village, Batheay district, Kampong Cham. Police said the man and two accomplices
killed Sim Nin, 35, a motorbike vendor from Trapaing Krasaing village, Dangkor district,
Phnom Penh. Police said they persuaded Nin to buy a motorbike in Kampong Cham, then
killed him and stole $300.
MAY 27: Nguyen Thilong, 18, a Vietnamese national, was sent to Preah Kossamak
Hospital after she was attacked at 7:30 am in Boeung Salang commune, Phnom Penh.
Police said her face was slashed by Thorng Phalla, 22, and her aunt, Him Vouch, 32,
who were arrested at the scene. Phalla accused Thilong of sleeping with her husband.
MAY 28: Pung Routha, 26, escaped after a murder was committed in Tonle Bassac
commune, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Police said Routha killed his friend,
Thoun Voeun, 39, during an alcohol-fueled argument. Voeun, a motodop driver, was
stabbed in the chest and died later at home after he refused to keep drinking.
MAY 28: Ung Soeung, 41, was sent to Preah Kossamak Hospital for treatment
after being axed during a night-time robbery at 10 pm in Chi Piay village, Kampong
Trabek district, Prey Veng. His wife, Soam Phan, told police that seven gunmen entered
the house and chopped her husband four times in the head before stealing one damleung
of gold and 200,000 riel.
MAY 29: Phal, 32, a blacksmith, was found hanged at 5:30 am at his relative's
house in Tonle Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. House-owner Sieng Sokhim, 25, told police
he committed suicide after saying he was worried about owing $520 to Ngoun Thart.
MAY 30: Yan Yol, 51, a money-changer, was robbed at noon in front of his house
in Boeung Keng Kang 1 commune, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Yol told police
that two masked gunmen struck him on the head with the butt of a handgun, before
escaping by motorbike with 20 damleung of gold, $500 and 3 million riel.
MAY 31: Koy Savuth, 38, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after
being axed during a night-time robbery in Boeung Kak 1 precinct, Tuol Kork district,
Phnom Penh. Savuth told police that an unidentified man befriended him while drinking
beer, then chopped him in the neck and stole his motorbike after he gave him a lift
JUNE 1: A 20-year-old garment worker, Phan Kollarb, was found floating in
a lake in Damnak Thom village, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. Police said she had
been murdered elsewhere and her body dumped there. They suspect revenge was the motive
as her one chi platinum necklace was not stolen.
- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun