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Healer and wife charged over garment worker’s rape

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The rape took place during a ritual. Koh Santepheap

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a traditional healer and his wife over the rape and sexual assault of a garment worker during a ritual to keep her husband faithful to her in Por Senchey district.

District police chief Colonel Yim Sarann identified the accused as Chan Chhean, 36, and his wife Chhea Noun, 31, from the district’s Chom Chao II commune.

He said that the two were arrested on Friday following a report by the victim.

Col Sarann noted that Mr Chhean was charged with rape and faces up to ten years in jail if convicted, while Ms Noun was charged with being an accomplice to rape and committing sexual assault and faces up to five years.

He added that both are still being questioned by the investigating judge and will likely be jailed today pending their future trial.

Second Lieutenant Ly Seng, a district police officer, said that the 29-year-old victim is a garment worker living in a rental room in the district’s Kakab commune.

He said that at about 2pm on August 26, the victim went to consult the accused, who is said to be a teacher of magic, at the couple’s house in Chom Chao II commune.

Sec Lt Seng said that the victim asked Mr Chhean for a spell to keep her straying husband, 32, faithful to her.

He noted that the couple then drove her to a guesthouse in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune.

“After entering a room in the guesthouse, Mr Chean told both his wife and the victim to take off their clothes,” he said. “He then raped the victim while his wife watched.”

“After he raped her, his wife inserted her fingers into the victim’s private parts purportedly to cast a spell to make her husband faithful to her,” Sec Lt Seng added.

He noted that the couple later dropped the victim off at her rental room and drove home.

Sec Lt Seng said that when the victim’s husband continued his affairs, she realised that she had been tricked and on Friday lodged a report with the district police. The two were arrested later that day.

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