Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a taxi driver to six years in prison for attempted rape.
Long Vanna, presiding judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, identified the convict as 24-year-old Ham Sokvy, a taxi driver living in Boeng Salang commune in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district.
Judge Vanna said Mr Sokvy was charged with attempted rape following his arrest on March 17 last year.
“The court has sentenced him to six years in prison,’’ Judge Vanna said. “The court has also ordered Mr Sokvy to pay four million riels [about $1,000] in compensation to the victim.’’
Top Chhunglong, deputy prosecutor, said at about 12pm on March 17 last year, Mr Sokvy pursuaded an 18-year-old girl to come with him to Bak Kheng commune. Instead, he brought her to Alfa Guesthouse in Prek Leap commune.
“After Mr Sokvy brought the victim into a room at the guesthouse, he locked the door and forced himself on her,” Mr Chhunglong said. “She struggled to set herself free and managed to escape. She then ran out to seek help from villagers who lived nearby. She shouted for help.”
Mr Chhunglong noted that Mr Sokvy continued to chase after the victim. He further noted that villagers and police officers posted in the nearby communal police post heard the victim’s shouting and intervened. Police arrested Mr Sokvy and seized his Hyundai car and phone.