Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two men to three years in jail each over the rape of a 14-year-old-girl in Chbar Ampov district last year.
Presiding Judge Horn Sokhemarin identified them as Bou Samnang, 18, and Touch Longkhun, 17, both of whom were Grade 11 students at a high school in the district.
He said Mr Samnang was charged with sexual intercourse with a minor under fifteen while Mr Longhun was charged with attempted rape.
“The court decided to convict and sentence both of them to three years each in prison,” Judge Sokhemarin said. “The court also ordered them to pay four million riels [about $1,000] each in compensation to the victim.”
He said that at about 7 pm on July 27 last year, the two men, who were friends of the victim, persuaded her to attend a friend’s birthday party in the district’s Niroth commune.
Judge Sokhemarin said that during the party, Mr Samnang and Mr Longkhun forced the victim to drink beers until she became drunk.
He noted that after she became drunk, they brought her by motorbike to sleep at the Dalin Guesthouse in the commune.
“After they took victim to a guesthouse room, Mr Samnang forcibly had sex with her,” Judge Sokhemarin said. “After Mr Sambnang had sex, he went out of the room to allow Mr Longhun to have sex with her.”
“Mr Longhun attempted to rape her but she fought him off and managed to flee from the room,” he added.
Judge Sokhemarin noted that the two men became frightened and dropped her off at her house in the commune.
He said that on August 1 last year, the victim, who was ashamed over the rape, swallowed 50 sleeping tablets at home in order to commit suicide.
After she fell unconsciousness, her father took her to the municipal referral hospital where she recovered.
Judge Sokhemarin said that the next day the father questioned her about the suicide attempt and she told him about the rape.
He said the father immediately complained to the district police who arrested the two men on August 4.
During their trial on April 5, both accused admitted committing the offence.
Mr Samnang told the court that the victim was his girlfriend and she agreed to have sex with him when he brought her to stay at the guesthouse.
“I did not rape her,” he said. “She volunteered to have sex with me.”
Mr Longhun told the court that after Mr Samnang has sex with victim, he attempted to have sex with her too, but she refused and kicked him off the bed.
“I wanted to have sex with her,” he said. “But I could not do so because she kicked me off the bed.”