Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a man accused of sexually assaulting his five-year-old stepdaughter multiple times last year at his home in Russey Keo district.
Presiding Judge Ros Piseth identified the accused as 28-year-old water vendor Ek Vandouch from Kilometre Prammuoy commune’s Krorl Kor village.
Judge Piseth said Mr Vandouch was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
According to Judge Piseth, Mr Vandouch married 38-year-old garment worker So Manet and lived with her two children, a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.
He said between May and October last year, Mr Vandouch sexually abused his step daughter several times while Ms Maneth was not home.
“He committed sexual abuse on the victim at least five times while his wife was not at home,” Judge Piseth said. “After every incident, he told the victim not to tell anyone or else he would beat her.”
On November 17, the victim finally told her mom.
On November 18, Ms Manet brought the victim to the district police station and filed a complaint against Mr Vandouch. Shortly after filing the complaint, Mr Vandouch was arrested at his home.
During the trial yesterday, Mr Vandouch admitted to committing the offence.
“I merely touched her genitals, but I did not have sex with her,” he said. “I did it because she was a pretty girl and my wife was always busy at work.”
“I regret my mistake,” Mr Vandouch added. “I would like to ask the court to reduce my sentence so I may go to work to support my wife and children.”
A verdict is due May 29.