WIDOW ACCUSES NEIGHBOUR OF RAPE
A 39-year-old widow has accused her neighbor of raping her last year in Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province, causing her to become pregnant. Police are still hunting for the 40-year-old man, who allegedly broke into her home and raped her several times before threatening to kill her if she went to the police. Local authorities said she was unable to afford the child, and the accused would be ordered to pay the victim compensation if found guilty.
TAKEo MAN ADMITS TO KARAOKE RAPE
A man from Takeo province has admitted to raping his sister-in-law on Saturday after forcing her to sing karaoke with him for more than an hour. Shortly after the allegations were made, the Prey Kabas district police arrested the 24-year-old, who confessed to the charges. The police said he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the rape. He will appear at the Takeo provincial court for sentencing on Monday.
KANDAL MAN TAKEN IN FOR WIFE-BEATING
Saange district police have arrested a 30-year-old man from Kandal province on charges of ongoing domestic violence. Police said they had warned the accused several times after frequent reports of verbal and domestic abuse towards his mother and his wife. He was finally arrested on Saturday after a serious assault on his wife, allegedly for eating rice at her brother’s house.
POLICE CHARGE WOMAN IN CAST IRON THEFT
A 35-year-old iron saleswoman was taken into custody on Monday after a tip-off led to her arrest. A Daun Penh company alerted police when a staff member recognised iron in the woman’s car as that which had been stolen from the company. The woman was cleared of theft but charged with purchasing stolen property. Police said they were investigating iron purchasers at markets around Phnom Penh in connection with the case but have made no further reports.
MONDULKIRI HOTEL OWNER IN FLAG DESECRATION
The owner of a high-class hotel in Mondulkiri province has been accused of denigrating the Cambodian flag – by using it as a cleaning cloth. According to an eyewitness, the flag was used to polish furniture and to cover a birdcage in the hotel. Khmer historians were outraged, calling for an urgent enquiry and serious punishment for the manager if he is found guilty. The manager denies the allegations. Recently, the government of Cambodia condemned a foreign company for printing images of the Khmer flag on a shoe.