Two men are scheduled to appear in Takeo provincial court today, accused of tying up a pregnant woman at knife point during an attempted rape, police said Sunday.
Chev Mol, 24, and Pich Bunnarith, 18, were arrested Friday and accused of attacking the woman—who was in her fourth month of pregnancy—in Bati district’s Chambak commune on Thursday afternoon, according to district police Chief Sao Chhoeun.
“The [alleged] rapists used a knife, threatening to kill [the victim] if she dared shout for help, and then they carried the victim to torture her about 15 meters behind her house,” Sao Chhoeun said.
He said the victim’s partner then arrived home and scared the men away.
Suspect Chev Mol was questioned and released by police only a day before the attempted rape following a complaint, by the same victim, that he sexually molested her on May 3, Sao Chhoeun said.
Sao Chhoeun said that Chev Mol confessed to carrying out the attacks because “he loved the victim.”
Meanwhile, in a separate case, police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Friday arrested two men suspected of raping an 18-year-old karaoke parlor waitress, said Deputy district police Chief Yim Socheat.
Chin Bunthat, 24, and Leng Chhay, 34, are accused of attacking the victim in a private room of a Phsar Thmei III commune karaoke parlor while she was preparing to play a VCD, Yim Socheat said Sunday.
One of the attackers wore a plastic bag instead of a condom while raping the victim to protect himself from the chance of contracting HIV/AIDS, Yim Socheat said.
The two suspects are scheduled to be sent to Phnom Penh municipal court today.
“The victim asked for more than $1,000 in compensation, but I must send both [suspects] to court,” Yim Socheat said.