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Pair found guilty of rape get seven years’ prison

Pair found guilty of rape get seven years’ prison

Two students were found guilty yesterday of raping an underage girl in Russey Keo district in May. Taing Sunlay, presiding judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said 20-year-old Phan Panha and 19-year-old Nuon Chea were guilty of “rape with aggravating circumstances”.

“The court sentences them to seven years [imprisonment] and orders them to jointly pay 20 million riel [about $5,000] in compensation to the victim,” said Sunlay. Captain Sok Sopheng, deputy chief of Russei Keo district police, said the pair was arrested on May 10 following a complaint from the victim’s parents.

According to Sopheng, the victim had accused Panha and Chea of luring her out of the capital on the pretext of a trek in the country. She was then taken to a room in Tuol Sangke commune, where the two men forcibly raped her. The defence lawyers of the accused could not be reached yesterday.

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