Charges for rape, murder of 8-year-old

Charges for rape, murder of 8-year-old

Police have charged a plantation guard who allegedly raped and killed an 8-year-old girl in Kampong Chhnang province last week.

So Sim, 40, appeared yesterday at Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court where he was charged with aggravated murder involving torture, cruelty or rape, according to Child Protection Unit’s James McCabe, who assisted local authorities on the case.

McCabe said the suspect, now in pretrial detention, was arrested as he attempted to flee the area on Friday, the day after his victim was discovered by her family about 150 metres from her home in Cholkiri district.

He said Sim had been drinking with the victim’s uncle and some men about 15 metres from the victim’s house on Wednesday.

After consuming beer and rice wine, Sim allegedly left the gathering and called for the girl to follow before taking her to a secluded spot by a nearby riverbank, raping and strangling her, McCabe said.

He added that a quick response by local authorities had stopped the suspect escaping.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen ready to ‘break record’, says Rainsy lost

    Caretaker prime minister Hun Sen used a meeting with 18,400 factory workers on Wednesday to predict that he would beat the record for being the world’s longest-serving non-royal leader. He also used the platform to slam political opponent Sam Rainsy who he said had lost

  • Sihanoukville land prices skyrocketing amid breakneck development

    Sihanoukville, the Kingdom’s most famous beach destination for tourists, is seemingly becoming a paradise for Chinese investors as well. The huge influx of Chinese investors has caused property values to rise, especially the price of land, which has nearly doubled in some places near

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by