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Woman, 58, in rape claim

A 29-year-old man was charged yesterday with the rape of a 58-year-old woman, which allegedly occurred while she was waiting for her children to return home in Banteay Meanchey’s Serei Sophorn town on Tuesday.

Sin Va, director of the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Office said yesterday that Kiev Chantha, 29, was charged after being arrested on Tuesday.

“He should be embarrassed because the victim’s age seems to be [similar to] his grandmother,” he said, adding that after the victim filed a complaint with police, officers caught him as he was allegedly attempting to escape from the province.

Sin Va also said that the victim told police that while she was sitting in front of her home, the suspect forced her into a secluded cottage and raped her.  “She is too old and she has no power to shout for help,” Sin Va added. Police claim the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Provincial monitor for the rights group Adhoc, Prak Sophima, said yesterday it was aware of the case.



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