Oddar Meanchey provincial police yesterday arrested a 52-year-old man for allegedly raping his two daughters, of whom one is now seven months pregnant.
Major Nuon Chamroeun, a police officer with the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, identified the suspect as Kak Phally, a 52-year-old soldier living in Trapaing Prasat commune.
The suspect has a wife and five children, including three sons and two daughters.
Maj Chamroeun said that Mr Phally is accused of rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He is now in pre-trial detention.
Maj Chamroeun noted that the suspect was arrested in his home on Friday over allegations that he raped his two daughters, a 19-year-old girl who is now seven months pregnant and her 14-year-old sister.
Maj Chamroeun said that the suspect started raping his elder daughter in 2014, when she was still 14 years old, noting that he would do it when his wife and other children were not home.
“He first raped his elder daughter when she was still 14 years old,” Maj Chamroeun said. “After raping her, he would tell her not to tell her mother or anyone else, and threatened to kill her if she did.”
“Since then, he continued to rape her when they were home alone. The daughter did not dare to tell her mother or anyone else,” he added.
Maj Chamroeun said that in March this year, Mr Phally began raping his younger daughter. He also threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Mr Phally’s wife eventually became suspicious when she found out that her elder daughter was pregnant. She interrogated her daughter, who eventually confessed that her father got her pregnant.
Mr Phally’s wife filed a complaint against her husband to the district police. He was arrested in their house on Friday, when his younger daughter also accused him of rape.
A penal police officer with Trapaing Prasat district police, who asked not to be named, said that during police interrogation, the suspect admitted committing the offence, saying that he had sex with his daughters because his wife would not have sex with him.
“He confessed to everything to our police officers and admitted committing the offence,” the police officer said. “He confessed that he had sex with his daughters. He said he regretted it and that it was a mistake.”