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.”