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Man held for raping and murdering child

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An eleven-year-old girl was raped, murdered and her body thrown into a pond in Takeo province’s Koh Andet district, police said yesterday.
A neighbour of the victim, Sem Vanna, 23, was arrested for the crime several hours after the girl’s body was found on Wednesday.
Ouk Kann, district deputy police chief, said: “The girl and another two friends went to take care of their cows near a sugar cane plantation at around 1pm.
“The suspect, who was drunk, was trying to cut sugar cane at the same time. He saw the victim and abducted her.”
The suspect raped the girl. When she shouted for help he covered her mouth with his hand and suffocated her until she lost consciousness.
The girl’s right wrist was broken in the assault. Mr Vanna threw her into the pond next to the sugar cane field and fled.
“The two friends ran to tell the victim’s parents at their home about 300 metres from the farm, but by the time they got back to the crime scene, no one was there,” Mr Kann said.
“The victim’s father saw footprints and followed them until he found his daughter in the pond.”
The victim’s clothing was also found in the pond.
Police arrested Mr Vanna at his home in the same village. Mr Kann said the suspect admitted to the crime.
“We did not take the suspect to recreate the crime, because we feared the villagers would attack him,” Mr Kann said.
He said the suspect was released from prison six months ago after spending five years inside for robbery.
He left to work in Thailand but returned to the village last month.
Mr Kann said the victim’s parents filed a complaint demanding $5,000 compensation and for him to be punished according to the law.
A urine test showed that Mr Vanna was a drug user.
Mr Kann said: “This is the first case of someone being raped and murdered since 2015 in our district.”

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