Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Arrest in Kandal rape-murder



Arrest in Kandal rape-murder

An official processes suspect Chan Thea after he was arrested on Friday for his alleged connection to a rape and murder in Kandal. Photo supplied
An official processes suspect Chan Thea after he was arrested on Friday for his alleged connection to a rape and murder in Kandal. Photo supplied

Arrest in Kandal rape-murder

A man has been arrested and is expected to be charged with aggravated murder after allegedly raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in Kandal province late last week.

Hang Chan Thea, 22, was arrested by Military Police and the Child Protection Unit in Kien Svay district’s Koki commune on Friday evening.

According to CPU Director James McCabe, Chan Thea was a neighbour of the young victim, and told police in his confession that he took her from her home on his bicycle at around 2pm last Tuesday to an abandoned compound, where he raped her. He then held her against her will for about six hours before strangling her to death and dumping her body at a nearby dam, according to the organisation.

Chan Thea confessed that he killed the victim “primarily out of fear he would be identified”, McCabe said.

The case is one of at least four rape or attempted rape cases reported by police on the weekend, an indication of the dangers that continue to face women and girls in the Kingdom, activists said.

“Even though we’ve worked a lot to raise awareness about violence against women, it’s sad that this issue is continuing,” said Ros Sopheap, the executive director of Gender and Development for Cambodia, adding that many women and girls continue to face shame for reporting sexual assaults.

In Svay Rieng province, police are investigating the rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a remote rice field on Friday.

Bavet Commune Police Chief Mao Phinpirum said the woman had been strangled with a scarf and was found with her pants hanging from one leg.

He added that the woman, who lived in Tbong Khmum province, was on her way to work at a casino in Bavet town in a taxi when she went missing. Authorities are looking for the taxi driver and a possible second assailant. “We are burning hand and leg to find the perpetrators,” said Kao Horn, Bavet deputy district police chief.

In Ratanakkiri province, police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to rape a 15-year-old girl on Friday evening in Banlung district. Kachanh Commune Police Chief Suong Savuth said the girl was travelling on her motorbike when a man asked her to stop and tried to pull her into a rubber plantation. “She escaped from him and called for help,” Savuth said. “She was able to escape because she confronted him and she was strong.”
The girl is currently at the hospital for treatment, Savuth said.

Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh, commune police arrested 33-year-old Pen Sophorn for allegedly attempting to rape a 21-year-old woman in Phnom Penh Thmey commune in Sen Sok district on Saturday. According to the National Police, Sophorn unbuttoned the victim’s pants and threatened the woman, but she escaped after a struggle.

Hun Boramey, country director of ActionAid, said the string of attacks highlighted the need for improved street lighting, increased police patrolling, better access to justice, and a change in public attitudes toward sexual violence.

“We need to shift the blame.

Women are often blamed for every sexual assault they’ve experienced,” Hun said. “What we can say is that the conversation around sexual assault is growing, which is a positive sign that the issue is being paid more attention.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from