Man Arrested For Rape of Stepdaughter

Police in Oddar Meanchey province arrested a rice farmer on Wednesday evening for raping his 9-year-old stepdaughter in the forest earlier in the day, officials said on Thursday.

Sieng Savuth, 29, spent the morning drinking rice wine at the house he shares with the victim’s mother in Anlong Veng district’s Thlat commune before taking the young girl into a nearby wooded area, according to district penal police chief Ket Sothea.

“The stepfather brought his stepdaughter to the place where he had set up his small animal trap in the forest outside the commune,” Mr. Sothea said.

“At about 4 p.m., he raped his stepdaughter in the forest and then he came back home,” he said, adding that the victim immediately told her grandmother, who then informed local police.

“When the grandmother reported it to commune police, they came to arrest him, but he had already run away. Half an hour later, they arrested him about 10 km away from the house, after he had attempted to flee on foot,” he said.

Mr. Sothea said the suspect was then taken to the district police station, where he confessed.

“When we ask him why he raped his stepdaughter, he claimed he was so drunk that he could not control himself,” he said.

Deputy provincial police chief Loek Sokha said the suspect was currently being held at the provincial police headquarters, where investigators were building a case against him, and would be sent to the Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court today.

“We have the evidence, and also the suspect confessed to the crime. We have the bloody clothes of the suspect and the victim,” he said.

He explained that Mr. Savuth initially denied raping his stepdaughter—whose injuries were so serious that she had been transferred to a hospital in Phnom Penh —claiming her wounds were the result of her “sitting on a jagged tree stump.”

“But according to our examination, the victim was raped. We also found sperm on the suspect’s clothes,” he said.

“He had told her not to tell her mother or grandmother about the crime or he would beat her.”

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