A 35-year-old fortune teller yesterday went on trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for raping a 23-year-old garment worker who he told had “unlucky” breasts.
Judge Thlang Phaneth identified the suspect as Phon Sok Eng, from Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district.
She said the attack took place at a guesthouse in the capital in November last year.
Mr Sok Eng made contact with the victim on Facebook before meeting her in person. He predicted she had “bad luck moles” on her breasts and claimed she or her mother might die prematurely if she didn’t do anything to change her fortune.
“He frightened the victim by saying she had bad luck moles on her breasts,” Ms Phaneth said.
“When the victim asked him to give her a water blessing to stop the bad fortune, he took her to a guesthouse and raped her five times.”
The victim said the suspect told her she or her mother could die from disease or in a traffic accident if she did nothing to clear the bad luck from her breasts.
She added that he convinced her to travel from her home in Svay Rieng province to meet him in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
“He took me to a guesthouse in Chom Chao commune,” she said. “He told me to take off my clothes and show him the bad luck moles on my breasts. Then he raped me.”
She said that after the attack, Mr Sok Eng gave her $10 and she returned to Svay Rieng province immediately.
Days later, the suspect phoned her and told her she would need another water blessing at the guesthouse in Phnom Penh.
Ms Sovanny then told her relatives about what had happened, who reported the incident to police.
At yesterday’s trial, Mr Sok Eng denied raping the woman but said they had consensual sex.
“She loved me and volunteered to have sex with me,” he told the court.
His lawyer asked the judge to drop the charges and release Mr Sok Eng from prison. Ms Phaneth said the suspect faces between five and seven years behind bars if convicted.
The verdict is due on the morning of October 26.