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Police officer nabbed for ‘raping’ woman at gunpoint on outskirts

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The suspect, 33, a police official, was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the morning of November 17. Fresh News

Police officer nabbed for ‘raping’ woman at gunpoint on outskirts

Prek Pnov district police apprehended a fellow police officer accused of raping a woman in a forest while she was waiting for her husband on November 12 in Phnom Penh Capital’s Prek Pnov district.

Prek Pnov District Police chief Chhin Kimthuy said on November 17 the suspect, 33, a police official, was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the morning of November 17. But by the evening on the same day, he had not yet received a detention warrant from the Municipal Court.

“We have sent the suspect to Municipal Court already, but as of now, I have not yet heard from the court,” Kimthuy said.

An official from the Prek Pnov district police said on condition of anonymity that the victim, 26, and her husband went to harvest the lotus in Kob Srov Touch Village around 10am.

The official described it as a forest area, but not far from the road. The victim’s husband told her to wait for him at their motorbike while he went to find lotus root. About 20 minutes later, the suspect stopped his motorcycle there and approached the victim. He asked her how many people came with her and where did they go? At that time, the victim did not answer.

According to the official, the accused pointed a gun at the victim and told her to take off her clothes. He then raped her.

The police official said the victim thought she would shout for her husband to come and help, but remembering the suspect had a gun and she pretended to act friendly with him. She allegedly told him: “Do not tell anyone about this and we will meet again. But I don’t know how to contact you, if I want to meet you. So, you give me your [phone] number.”

According the official, the suspect gave her his phone number and drove away on his motorcycle. The victim and her husband filed a complaint at Kouk Roka commune police station in Prek Pnov district.

Authorities told the victim to call the suspect to meet again. The suspect agreed and drove a car to meet. Before reaching the meeting place, however, he realised it was a trick and tried to escape but was chased and caught by police.

Police confiscated a gun with 5 bullets, a Toyota Corolla and a mobile phone from him.

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