Police in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district on Sunday arrested two construction workers who allegedly raped a deaf woman in her house in Tuol Sangke I commune.
Second Lieutenant Chuon Cheath, a commune post police officer, yesterday identified the suspects as Cheav Sina, 24, and Thuong Him, 21, both living at a construction site in the commune.
He said that at about 5am on Sunday, the two men who stayed near the victim’s house entered it while she was sleeping alone on the ground floor while her mother and younger siblings slept upstairs.
“After they entered the victim’s room, Mr Sina held her and forcibly raped her on the bed,” Sec Lt Cheath said. “After he finished, Mr Him started raping her, but while he was doing so her 11-year-old brother came downstairs and shouted for help.”
He said that the boy’s shouts awoke other members of the family and some neighbours who surrounded the two suspects and held them.
“After catching them, the angry neighbours started beating and kicking them, causing injuries,” Sec Lt Cheath said. “But our local police, who were stationed nearby, intervened and rescued the suspects from the mob of angry people.”
He said that after their arrests, both men were taken to the commune police post for questioning before being sent to the district police office.
Major Sok Savuth, a district penal police officer, yesterday said that both suspects are still being detained for questioning,
“For this case, they are accused by police of rape with aggravating circumstances and face up to seven years in jail if convicted,” he said.
Maj Savuth added that Mr Sina and Mr Him will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.