Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Municipal Court rules in two rape cases

Municipal Court rules in two rape cases

Municipal Court rules in two rape cases

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a 21-year-old man from Russei Keo district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune to eight years in prison for the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Municipal Court presiding judge Duch Kimsorn said that Leng Pich was arrested on September 9 at his house in Rong Chak village for allegedly raping his girlfriend repeatedly last year, following a complaint filed by the victim’s family.

Leng Pich yesterday denied the charges, claiming that the pair had agreed to have sex many times in guesthouses.

“We were boyfriend and girlfriend and we have loved each other,” he said. “We agreed to have sex with each other and I have not raped her.”

The Municipal Court yesterday also dropped charges against the former abbot of Wat Thala Borivath in Stung Treng province accused of raping a 23-year-old student in Phnom Penh in 2009.

Duch Kimsorn said yesterday that Men Tum, 39, and Khem Kanhary, 23, had known and loved each other since 2005 and agreed to have sex.

“According to witnesses and hearing, the court has found that Men Tum is not guilty as accused,” he said.

Men Tum was arrested on July 16 at his house in Stung Treng province’s Thala Borivath village after Khem Kanhary filed a complaint against him.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha

    Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial

  • UAE prince seeks to invest in Cambodia

    The UAE has expressed interest in Cambodian oil and gas exploration. Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said this was the result of his discussions with Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmook bin Juma al-Maktoum, a member of the royal family who visited him on Wednesday.

  • Smith calls for ‘release’ of Sokha as visit ends

    At a press conference to conclude her 11-day visit to Cambodia, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith on Thursday called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped and for him to be released from “restricted detention”.

  • PM denies ‘nepotism’ claims

    Prime minister Hun Sen denied on Thursday that nepotism was involved in the recent promotions of the children of senior government officials. He said they had been “trained” and were entirely capable of carrying out their duties while being open to “punishment” like anyone else.