Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man sentened 5 years in foreigner rape case

Man sentened 5 years in foreigner rape case

Man sentened 5 years in foreigner rape case

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge has sentenced a Nigerian national to five years in prison for beating and raping a Norwegian tourist.

Judge Im Vanak announced the sentence against Ekwegbalu Ugochukwu Udok, 26, on Friday, after he was convicted of posing as a taxi driver on the night of December 25 to lure the 27-year-old victim to his rental house.

According to the court, he beat, raped and held her there against her will until the next day.

“[Udok] pretended to be a taxi driver, and asked her to take a ride from him,” Vanak said of the incident, which began when the victim was leaving a Daun Penh district nightclub shortly before midnight.

“He said that he would bring her to the Okay Boutique Hotel, but instead, he brought her to his rental house . . . After arriving at his room, he raped her.”

Udok said he will appeal the decision.

“I believe that the court’s verdict was unjust for me, and I cannot accept it,” Udok said outside the courtroom. “I will bring the case to the Appeal Court.”

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on