Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a man to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his five-year-old step daughter last year in Russey Keo district.
Judge Ros Piseth identified the man as 28-year-old Ek Vandouch, a water vendor who lived with the victim.
Judge Piseth said Mr Vandouch was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances under Article 241 of the Criminal Code and that he was guilty.
“The court decides to convict and sentence him to nine years in prison,” he said.
According to Judge Piseth, Mr Vandouch married 38-year-old garment worker So Maneth in 2017. Ms Maneth had a son and a daughter.
Judge Piseth said between May and October last year, Mr Vandouch sexually abused his step daughter several times while Ms Maneth was away.
“He abused the victim and raped her at least five times while his wife was not at home,” he said. “After each assault, he told the victim not to tell anyone, or else she would be beaten.”
Judge Piseth said the last incident happened on November 13 at about 7am, while Ms Maneth was at work.
He said that the victim finally came forward on November 17 and told her mother.
After hearing about the crime from the victim, Ms Maneth brought her to the district police station and Ms Maneth filed a complaint against Mr Vandouch.
That same day, Mr Vandouch was arrested.
Outside of the court room yesterday after he was sentenced, Mr Vandouch said he will file an appeal with the Appeal Court in order to have his sentence reduced.
“I confessed that I had committed the offence, but I did not agree with my sentence because it is too heavy for me,” he said. “I will appeal to a higher court and hope it’ll get my sentence reduced.”