Guards face court over girl’s rape

Guards face court over girl’s rape

Two security guards were tried at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday in the alleged rape and illegal detention of an 11-year-old girl in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey II commune in July last year.

Presiding judge Kor Vandy said that Norng Vichetr, 46, and Chhory Bunthoeun, 35, stand accused of holding the girl for a week in a rental room in Phsar Thmey II, but only Vichetr is on trial for rape.

“They saw the victim sitting alone in a nearby shop that they guarded in Daun Penh district. They then brought her to stay at their rental room [Vichetr’s room],” Vandy said.

Vichetr was charged with illegal detention of a human being and rape with aggravating circumstances, while Bunthoeun was charged with being an accomplice in both. They were arrested not long after the girl escaped and told her mother, who worked as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Teuk Thla commune.

Though a doctor’s examination confirmed a sexual assault had taken place, both men strenuously denied the accusation yesterday.

Vichetr said he brought her to his room because he thought she was lost, but he didn’t rape her.

A verdict is expected on February 10.

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