Kratie Provincial Court yesterday charged a 55-year-old soldier who allegedly raped a four-year-old girl in Chetr Borey district.
Captain Sok Chanthoeun, district police chief of staff, identified the accused as Loch Suy, living in the district’s Thmar Kre commune. He was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
Cap Chanthoeun noted that Mr Suy was arrested by anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police on Saturday following a complaint by the child’s mother.
He said that at about 10am on Saturday, the accused persuaded the victim, who was a neighbour, to watch TV in his house in the commune’s Thmey village when his wife and five children were out.
Cap Chanthoeun added that when the girl entered the house, Mr Suy caught her and touched her genitals before raping her.
“During the rape, the child cried loudly after feeling pain in her genitals,” he noted. “She managed to flee to her home, injured and bleeding, and informed her mother about the rape.”
“When her mother saw the injuries and blood on her genitals, she informed police who immediately went to arrest the accused at his house,” Cap Chanthoeun added.
Major Sok Kimseng, a provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police officer, said that during his interrogation, Mr Suy denied the allegation.
“He denied that he raped her,” he said. “However, he confessed that he touched her genitals.”
Maj Kimseng added that despite the denial, there was evidence that the girl suffered genital injuries pointing to actual penetration.
He noted that Mr Suy is now in prison pending trial.