A 54-year-old school security guard was yesterday charged over the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl who went missing earlier this month in Prey Veng province’s Ba Phnom district.
A district police officer said that after the rape-murder, the body of the victim was thrown into a pond behind the school.
“The girl had been missing since February 15 and about four days later, her body was seen floating in the pond behind the school,” he said. “After that, the victim’s family filed a complaint and we cooperated with military police. The military police then arrested the suspect and brought him to the court.”
The officer identified the victim as a primary school student and the suspect as a worker at the school.
Provincial military police officers could not be reached for comment.
Eng Hy, spokesman for the National Military Police, detailed the incident on Facebook, saying the victim was raped and killed by a school security guard.
“On February 15, the victim left home to graze cows in a rice field and then she went to school. However, since then, the victim was not seen back home,” he said.
A day later, her grandfather, Sok Nin, reported her disappearance to the commune police office, Mr Hy added.
On February 19, her body was found floating among water hyacinth in the pond and following an autopsy, it was determined she had been raped.
Aok Oun, the school’s security guard, was arrested on Friday and sent to the provincial court yesterday, Mr Hy added. Two provincial court spokesmen, Nhek Vanny and Meas Sopheak, confirmed the suspect had been sent to the court, but could not confirm the charge.
However, according to court documents, the suspect was charged yesterday with rape and murder and sent to the provincial prison.