A 17-year-old boy was yesterday sentenced to 15 years in jail for strangling dead a 10-year-old girl before dumping her body into the Mekong River in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Kim Rathnarin identified the murderer as Huon Sokheng, who killed Dim Tola on March 1 after attempting to rape her.
“The court sentences him to 15 years in prison and orders him to pay 80 million riel [$20,000] in compensation to the plaintiff in the case,” said judge Rathnarin.
According to police, Mr Sokheng spotted Dim Tola walking home alone from school on March 1 in Chroy Changvar district.
He offered the girl a ride home, but instead took her to a mango farm and attempted to rape her. When she tried to escape, he strangled her dead.
Mr Sokheng was arrested on March 3, two days after the murder and one day after Dim Tola’s body was found.
During his trial, he confessed to the crime, saying he was angry he could not have sex with the girl and killed her because he was worried she would report the attempted rape.