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Tuk-tuk driver found guilty of rape

Tuk-tuk driver found guilty of rape

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a 34-year-old tuk-tuk driver to six years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl multiple times from 2012 to 2014.

Presiding judge Im Vannak said that driver Hou Vanna was guilty on charges of having sexual intercourse with a minor under 15 years old.

“Therefore, the court decides to convict him to six years in prison and orders him to pay 10 million riel [about $2,500] to the victim,” he added.

Seng Kimhour, a police officer with the Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, said that Vanna was arrested in January of 2014 based on a complaint from the victim’s parents after raping the girl several times in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

“He brought the victim to have sex with him at a toilet near the Wat Phnom [tourist] area,” Kimhour said.

Vanna could not be reached for comment yesterday, but said during his hearing in February that he “did not rape” the young girl, and maintained that the sex was consensual.

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