Man Accused of Raping Girl Over Parents’ Debt

A 37-year-old rice farmer told police in Svay Rieng province that he raped his friends’ 10-year-old daughter because her parents had taken out a microfinance loan listing him as the guarantor, then refused to repay the debt, police said on Friday.

Chan Than raped the girl on Thursday afternoon knowing her parents often left her alone in the house, said Sok Sitha, police chief of Svay Teap district’s Kandieng Reay commune.

“The suspect raped the girl because he was angry at the victim’s parents” over the loan, Mr. Sitha said. The girl was badly injured in the assault and was taken first to the district referral hospital, then to the larger provincial referral hospital, said Nguon Sath, a commune first deputy police chief.

She said police had arrested the suspect after the girl’s aunt reported the crime.

Ms. Sath said Mr. Than had been drinking with a group of men for several hours before the assault and returned to drinking afterward.

Keo Sotha, director of the provincial police’s serious crimes department, said the suspect would be sent to court today for questioning.

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