EX-MILITARY OFFICER GETS 15-YEAR TERM FOR RAPE
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has convicted a 38-year-old former military officer of rape and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. The sentence, which included an order for the man to pay compensation of 10 million riels (US$2,360), was handed down in late June but only announced this week. The man, who is from the capital’s Prampi Makara district, had been accused of raping the 14-year-old victim earlier this year. The suspect told police following his arrest that he did not rape the girl, and that he had only kissed and touched her. But the victim and her mother, who claimed to have witnessed the assault, said the rape occurred while the girl’s father was asleep.
POLICE SLOW TO MAKE ARREST IN MURDER CASE
It appears that investigators have run into trouble while trying to solve the murder of a 72-year-old grandmother, although they suspect that she was killed by her own grandson. The murder happened in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district late last year. Police say that the victim’s 25-year-old grandson, a fourth-year medical school student, is a prime suspect, but no arrests have been made since the December 2 crime, which saw the grandmother hanged. A maid, who police say witnessed the crime, was also killed.
ARMED ROBBERS STILL AT LARGE, VENDORS COMPLAIN
Police officials in Preah Vihear province say two gunmen accused of robbing a local vendor are still on the loose. It is alleged that the two gunmen shot a 51-year-old market vendor last Friday and made off with his wallet and gold. Witnesses said the suspects threatened other vendors and residents in town. By Monday, the victim’s family still had not returned to run the family business because members were preparing for the funeral. Local residents and other market vendors suggested that authorities ramp up their efforts to find and punish the suspects.
RIGHTEOUS TEENAGER KILLED IN KAMPOT
Police say a teenager was killed during a scuffle with a 36-year-old manon Saturday evening in Kampot province. Investigators say they believe the suspect was offended that the teenager tried to stop him from touching or otherwise molesting women in the village. The argument tumbled into a scuffle, which is when the suspect allegedly killed the teenager with a knife. Police called the attack a “cruel murder”. The suspect was arrested the next day.