Siem Reap Provincial Court on Friday heard the case against a 41-year-old Japanese man charged with raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl on May 15 in Siem Reap town’s Svay Dang Kum commune.
The accused, Shuji Yamagishi, had been living in Cambodia for about five years as a Khmer culture researcher and lived in a rented hotel room in the same complex as his alleged victim, juvenile protection NGO APLE said in a press release issued on Friday.
Yamagishi had a video game player in his room that he used to lure children to spend time with him alone, the victim’s defence lawyer Hong Sambath told the Post.
Yamagishi is accused of forcibly abducting the girl and raping her in his hotel room. If found guilty of the offence, he will face between five and 10 years in prison. Sambath said the victim’s family have requested US$10,000 in compensation.
The verdict will be handed down on December 5.
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