Construction Worker Arrested for Rape of Girl

A construction worker was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Tuesday evening for allegedly raping the 6-year-old granddaughter of his colleagues last week, officials said Wednesday.

Deputy district police chief Meng Vimeandara said that Ngan Savong, 33, was apprehended in Chak Angre Krom commune at the under-construction villa where he worked, following a complaint filed with police by the victim’s family earlier on Tuesday.

While the rape allegedly took place on November 4, Mr. Vimeandara said, the victim only told her grandparents, who are her guardians, about the assault on Saturday. He added that Mr. Savong was being held at the district police station, declining to comment further.

Acting commune police chief Mao Sivorn said the grandparents worked with Mr. Savong at the construction site, and that the rape took place inside Mr. Savong’s room at a nearby dormitory for workers. He said that on the day of the attack, the couple left the child in his care because they had to work into the evening.

“The suspect denies raping the victim,” said Mr. Sivorn, who questioned Mr. Savong at the commune police station before he was placed in the custody of district officers.

“The victim was taken to the Phnom Penh referral hospital to check her health,” he said, adding that he did not know the results of the tests.

District police chief Teng Sino declined to comment on the case, saying only that Mr. Savong would be sent to court today.

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