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

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,