A fifty-three-year-old man has been placed in pre-trial detention by Kratie provincial court accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter, a court official said on Thursday.
Spokesman Tiv Vuth Then told The Post the suspect, Chen Sopheap, of Sambor district, was arrested on Tuesday by Kratie provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection authorities after his wife filed a complaint accusing him of raping his daughter multiple times.
The complaint, filed to Sambor district police on January 17 and obtained by The Post on Thursday, read: “On January 7, after returning from sweeping a sawmill, my daughter told me that she had been raped by her father, but I didn’t believe her at the time.
“However, on January 15, I saw her crying inside the sawmill once more. She told me her father had raped her again. This is the tenth time.”
Vuth Then told The Post: “After questioning by the provincial prosecutor and investigating judge, the suspect was sent to pre-trial detention in the provincial prison charged with rape with aggravating circumstances according to Article 241 of the Criminal Code,” he said.
Article 241, Section 1, stipulates aggravating circumstances as rape “committed against a person who is particularly vulnerable by reason of his or her age”.
According to the Article, Sopheap faces imprisonment for seven to 15 years.