Kampot Provincial Court yesterday charged two men over the rape and attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl in Toek Chhou district on Saturday.
Major Nuth Sary, a provincial police officer, identified the accused as Chin Sok and Heng Samnang, both 20 and electricians working for a company in the province.
He noted that Mr Samnang is charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and faces between seven years and 15 years in jail if convicted, while Mr Chhin is charged with attempted rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
Maj Sary said both accused are still being questioned by the investigating judge and will be sent to prison pending trial today.
Lieutenant Colonel So Vuththoeun, deputy district police chief, said that at about 3pm on Saturday, the accused persuaded the girl to come to their rental house in Kandorl commune.
He noted that the girl dropped out of primary school and both she and the accused live in the commune’s Damnak Trach village.
Lt Col Vuththoeun said that after the girl followed them to their house, the two men gave her some money to buy food and beers from a shop in the village so that they could eat in the house.
He noted that the accused then forced the girl to drink beer until she became drunk.
“When she became drunk, Mr Samnang caught her and raped her,” Lt Col Vuththoeun said. “After Mr Samnang raped her, Mr Chhin tried to rape her but she managed to escape from his grasp and fled from the house.”
He said that the girl ran to a commune police post and filed a complaint.
Lt Col Vuththoeun noted that both men were arrested at about 6pm on Saturday and were interrogated by district police.
He added that on Monday the accused were sent to the provincial general crimes department for further questioning before they were taken to court yesterday.
Khan Sophal, provincial court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.