2 Arrested in Attempted Rape of Pregnant Woman

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.


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