Police in Kratie province on Sunday arrested a taxi driver accused of trying to rape an English tourist.
The suspect, Nem Bunthan, 25, was driving the 24-year-old victim from Siem Reap to Kratie, according to Duong Sothy, chief of police in Kratie’s Chhlong district.
Bunthan waited for all other passengers to leave the taxi before allegedly seizing the victim’s hand and dragging her to a nearby bamboo patch. There, he allegedly tried to kiss her, undress her and push her to the ground.
According to the victim’s statement to the police, she tricked her assailant by promising to give him tens of thousands of dollars from her bank account. Bunthan agreed to drive her to an ATM in Chhlong district, where she approached authorities, who apprehended the suspect.
Sothy said that the suspect denied the accusation, saying that the victim did not pay him for the taxi ride. However, police allegedly found semen stains on his pants, after which he reportedly relented and confessed to the accusation.
Bunthan has been charged with intentional attempted rape by the Kratie Provincial Court, and is in pretrial detention.