Man charged with rape of nine-year-old sister-in-law

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The accused (L). Koh Santepheap

Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a 34-year-old-man with repeatedly raping his nine-year-old sister-in-law in Koh Thom district since January.

Major Seng San, district deputy police chief, identified the accused as Choeun Sokchea, living in the district’s Koh Thom commune.

He said Mr Sokchea was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He was arrested on Tuesday and is in prison pending trial.

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Maj San said that according to police investigations, between January and March the accused caught the victim and raped her several times at their house, while his wife, mother-in-law and others relatives were not at home.

He said that after the rapes, Mr Sokchea always threatened the victim that he would kill her if she told anyone.

“Because the victim was scared that the accused would kill her, she dared not tell her mother or anyone else about the rapes,” Maj San said.

He said that at about 10.30am on Tuesday, Mr Sokchea again caught the victim and raped her in the bathroom.

Maj San said that while the accused was raping her, the victim’s elder-sister, a garment worker, arrived home from work.

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He said she saw what was happening and later told her mother when she came home. The mother immediately lodged a report with the district police.

Maj San noted that police arrested Mr Sokchea at about 11.30 pm in the house.

According to the police report, during his interrogation the accused admitted committing the offence and confessed that he had raped the girl eight times before his arrest.

Mr Sokchea said that he raped her the first time when he was drunk and could not have sex with his wife who was not at home.

He said the victim was alone in the house and he caught and raped her, adding that he regrets his actions.

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