Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japanese national accused of child rape

Japanese national accused of child rape

Japanese national accused of child rape

Siem Reap Provincial Court on Friday heard the case against a 41-year-old Japan­ese man charged with raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl on May 15 in Siem Reap town’s Svay Dang Kum commune.

The accused, Shuji Yamagishi, had been liv­ing in Cambodia for about five years as a Khmer culture re­­searcher and lived in a rented hotel room in the same com­plex as his alleged victim, juv­e­nile protection NGO APLE said in a press release issued on Friday.

Yam­­agishi had a video game player in his room that he used to lure children to spend time with him alone, the victim’s defence lawyer Hong Sambath told the Post.

Yamagishi is ac­­cused of for­cibly abducting the girl and raping her in his hotel room. If found guilty of the offence, he will face between five and 10 years in prison. Sambath said the victim’s family have re­­quested US$10,000 in compensation.

The verdict will be handed down on Decem­ber 5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phak Seangly at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and