A man will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in the capital’s Dangkor district on Saturday evening.
His arrest on Sunday came after the girl’s mother filed a complaint with Dangkor district police, said its chief, Chim Sitha.
He told The Post on Monday that the suspect was 21 years old.
Police had finished questioning the suspect and he was to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday, he said.
“The suspect confessed everything to the police. We will now send him to court,” Sitha said.
The girl was taken by her mother to a birthday party in their village on Saturday evening, said Lan Chantha, the police chief of the commune where the assault allegedly took place.
While her mother was distracted, the girl walked off alone. Worried, the child’s mother asked villagers to help look for her, Chantha told The Post on Monday.
While searching for her daughter, the mother heard her crying in bushes nearby. The girl indicated to her mother that the suspect had raped her. The mother then filed a complaint with commune police, who arrested the man.
“After the incident, the police sent the child to the hospital for a check-up. She had bruising to her genitals and two pinch marks on her right thigh and two others on her left rib-cage,” Chantha said.