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Teens held over rape of fellow student

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two accused students. Rasmei News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged two men over their involvement in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old high school student in Chbar Ampov disrict.

Captain Ly Vannak, an officer with the Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, identified the accused as 18-year-old Bou Samnang and 17-year-old Touch Longkhun, both Grade 11 students at the victim’s high school.

Cap Vannak said that they were charged with rape and were arrested on Saturday after the victim attempted to commit suicide.

According to Sok Vanna, a district police officer, on the evening of July 17 at about 7pm, Mr Samnang and Mr Longkhun pursuaded the victim to attend a birthday party in Ta Ngao Krom village.

Mr Vanna said that during the party, the accused forced the victim to consume alcohol.

“After she was intoxicated, the accused brought her to a guesthouse here in the district and sexually assaulted her,” he said, adding that the victim was brought home after the crime was committed.

Mr Vanna said that a second incident was also reported.

On the night of July 31, the accused once again persuaded the victim to attend a dinner with them and once again coerced her into consuming alcohol.

“When she became drunk, they brought her to another guesthouse and raped her again,” he said.

He added that on Wednesday the victim attempted to commit suicide at her home by consuming tablets of sleeping medication.

She was discovered by her father and was sent to hospital for medical attention.

Following her recovery, she confessed to her father about the assault.

Her testimony prompted her father to file a complaint against the accused the next day.

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