Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a 33-year-old farmer over the rape of his 12-year-old daughter, whom he impregnated.
Captain Soy Saravoan, chief of staff with Sa’ang district police, identified the accused as Phath Toeu, who was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
Cap Saravoan said the accused was arrested by district police on Tuesday after a complaint was filed by his wife the previous day.
Cap Saravoan said that according to the victim, the accused started raping her in July 2017, often when they went fishing at night.
“The first time, he caught his own daughter and raped her on his boat,” he said. “After the rape, he told his daughter not to tell her mother or other people; he threatened to kill her if she told.”
“Since then, he often raped her while his wife was not at home,” he added. “The daughter dared not tell her mother or other people.”
However, the victim could not hide her pregnancy and her mother discovered it on Monday, which led to her learning the truth and filing a complaint to police, he said.
He said the mother took her daughter to a doctor after learning the truth and was informed she was five months pregnant.
A Sa’ang district police officer said that the accused admitted to the crime during his interrogation, noting that he first raped her when she was ten-years-old.
“He has confessed to the crimes,” he said. “He confessed that he wanted to have sex with the daughter since she was ten-years-old because she was pretty.”
The accused has been jailed pending trial.