Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Child raped, murdered

Child raped, murdered

Child Protection Unit members, along with police officials, investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, who was found face-down in a marsh yesterday in Kandal province
Child Protection Unit members, along with police officials, investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, who was found face-down in a marsh yesterday in Kandal province. Photo supplied

Child raped, murdered

Police are investigating the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Kandal province after her body was discovered yesterday morning.

The girl was last seen alive around lunchtime on Tuesday at her home in Kien Svay district’s Koki commune. She was found face-down in a marsh yesterday morning.

“There are obvious signs the child was strangled to death and raped,” said James McCabe of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), which was called in to assist police with the investigation.

Child Protection Unit officials investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl yesterday in Kandal province.
Child Protection Unit officials investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl yesterday in Kandal province. Photo supplied

“There are several persons of interest being investigated, and DNA samples were recovered from the scene.”

Kien Svay Deputy District Police Chief Vong Se said the girl’s body was recovered from within a mostly abandoned compound that once housed military soldiers with disabilities.

Se said the girl was at home alone as her brothers went to school and her parents went to work in the fields after lunch.

Child Protection Unit officials investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl yesterday in Kandal province.
Child Protection Unit officials investigate the scene of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl yesterday in Kandal province.

“The father, after coming back from picking lotus . . . did not see her and started to worry,” Se said.

At 7:30pm, he filed a complaint to police, and a search was carried out until 2am. “They still did not find the girl; they only found her in the morning when fishermen reported to police,” Se said.

The victim’s father could not be reached yesterday. On Facebook, the CPU said they would continue to support the family.

“It goes without saying that the CPU and [National Police] will expend all available resources to hunt down this brutal killer. That is the least we can do for this innocent child,” the post read.

MOST VIEWED

  • Reports: Rainsy barred from Jakarta flight

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party’s announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy

  • Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. The

  • Gov’t: Rainsy’s ‘coup plot’ a failure

    The government on Wednesday commended the Kingdom’s security forces for thwarting the attempted “coup plot” by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy through his announced return to Cambodia on November 9. The comments came as Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue

  • Rainsy blocked from boarding flight to Jakarta

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The "acting president" of the Cambodia National Rescue Party's announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy arrived in Kuala

  • Tour guides question animal release ban in Angkor moat

    The Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association (Katga) called on the Apsara National Authority to reconsider its decision banning all animals from being released into the moat surrounding the Angkor Wat temple after the authority prohibited the action for the sake of visitors’ safety. An Apsara

  • Kingdom to import 200MW from Lao hydropower plant

    Cambodia plans to import 200MW of electricity from Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower plant early next year to curb power shortages this coming dry season, with the transmission line network scheduled for completion later this year, Ministry of Mines and Energy spokesman Victor Jona said. Jona,