Three people were sentenced to up to three and a half years in prison at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being arrested last August in connection with the confinement, chaining and rape of a 13-year-old girl in the capital’s Russey Keo district.
According to judge Nou Veasna, the victim’s aunts – Chea Tina, 27, and Chea Sros, 32 – were sentenced to three years in prison for chaining up their niece and forcing her to have sex with Chhim Chaily, 36, in exchange for $1,000. Chaily was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined 8 million riel (about $1,947).
“The story is not true . . . The girl [victim] is naughty,” said Tith Virak, Sros’s husband after the verdict.
Separately, the court yesterday heard the case of a woman who allegedly procured four girls aged between 15 and 23 for four men in the capital’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune in May. According to the 32-year-old accused, Eng Bopha, four men had entered the karaoke where she worked as manager to “ask for virgin girls”.
“I asked Thi Marineth, because she worked there for a longer time,” she said, referencing an alleged accomplice who had evaded arrest. “When we got the [four] girls . . . one customer agreed to give us $1,500 . . . Then the police arrested us.”
Sok Uorng, Bopha’s attorney, said the victims had agreed to the deal as they were in need of money. A verdict is due on November 3.