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Ice-cream vendor jailed for raping minor

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Seang Socheath, 38, ice-cream vendor. Fresh News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today sentenced an ice-cream vendor to seven years in prison for raping a 14-year-old student in Chhbar Ampov district last year.

Presiding Judge Key Manera identified the vendor as Seang Socheath, 38.

He said that Mr Socheath was convicted of rape with aggravating circumstances. He was arrested on April 24 last year in the district.

“Based on the trial and the accused’s confession, the court has found him guilty,” Judge Manera said. “Therefore, the court decided to convict and sentence him to seven years in prison.”

“The court also orders him to pay 20 million riels [about $5,000] to the victim,” he added.

Judge Manera said that at about 12pm on April 13 last year, Mr Socheath, who sold ice cream near the victim’s school, gave free ice-cream to the victim, after which he persuaded her to watch a sex video on his mobile phone.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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