A 22-year-old taxi driver was jailed yesterday for raping a nine-year-old girl and trying to kill her to stop her from reporting the assault.
Nhor Neang, who lived in a shipment warehouse in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey II commune, was convicted of rape with aggravating circumstances at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
The assault took place on the evening of October 31 last year at a plot of waste ground on the outskirts of the city.
Presiding Judge Heng Sokna said that Mr Neang was guilty of raping the girl and then trying to kill her.
“He is sentenced to seven years in prison,” Judge Sokna said.
Sok Veasna, a Stung Meanchey II commune police officer, said that Mr Neang lived near the girl. He lured her away by giving her candy.
“But when the girl followed him to the plot of land, he grabbed hold of her and raped her,” Mr Veasna said. “After the rape, he was afraid that the victim would tell her parents or police, so he then tried to kill her by taking a rock and beating her many times on her face and head. He injured her seriously and she lost consciousness.”
“After beating the victim, he thought she was dead and he fled to hide at the warehouse where he was staying,” he added.
The girl was found by her parents about three hours after the assault, said Mr Veasna.
They had gone looking for her after she went missing from her home. They found her seriously injured laying in a bloody pool at the scene of the crime. The parents quickly took her to the hospital, where she recovered from her injuries, said Mr Veasna.
Police then arrested Mr Neang at about 11pm the same night after the girl described her ordeal.