A 20-year-old Kandal province man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for attempting to rape a 6-year-old girl earlier this year, Kandal province court officials said Thursday.
Eang Sokha seized the girl as she was walking home from school in Leuk Dek district January 12 and attempted to rape her in a guava plantation, provincial court deputy chief prosecutor Kry Sok Y said.
During his trial, Eang Sokha denied assaulting the girl, and instead said he was beaten into confessing by police after his arrest—a charge officers in the courtroom said was untrue. One officer said Eang Sokha was beaten by the victim’s parents.
Eang Sokha could have faced up to 20 years in prison, but Kry Sok Y said he was given the lighter sentence because of his age and the fact that he wasn’t able to have intercourse with his victim because of her size.
“I think he is young and only attempted to rape the girl—that is why I sentenced him to only 12 years,” Kry Sok Y said. Eang Sokha was also ordered to pay his victim’s family 2 million riel (about $512).
Eang Sokha was convicted of attempted rape of another young girl in 2000. He served six months of a one-year sentence, Kry Sok Y said.