Chitr Borei district police in Kratie province have arrested a 60-year-old man accused of raping a minor multiple times over two months last year.
District police chief Buth Noeun said on Wednesday that the suspect was arrested on Monday after the victim’s parents filed a complaint.
He said the suspect was the victim’s neighbour and that the case has since been forwarded to the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Bureau.
“In the complaint, the victim detailed that having raped her, the suspect threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about the rapes. Having threatened her, the suspect also gave her honey to eat as a consolation,” Noeun said.
He said the victim accused the suspect of raping her three times in November and December last year when she was tending to cattle.
Noeun said the victim said her assailant approached her in the isolated field on his way to collect honey in the forest.
He said the suspect confessed to the crime while being questioned by district police, but denied threatening to kill the victim or her family.
The suspect, he said, told police he had been arguing with his wife who was jealous of the girl months before the crimes were committed.
The provincial deputy police chief in charge of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection Nov Ratana said she had yet to examine the case, but specialists had received it and were questioning the suspect over the accusation.
“Specialists from the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Bureau have received the case and the suspect is under investigation. But I have yet to examine the case in detail,” she said.