The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday charged a Nigerian football player with raping a 27-year-old Norwegian woman at his apartment after posing as a taxi driver and offering to drive her home from a nightclub in the early hours of Friday, officials said.
Ekwegbaly Ugochukwu Udoka, 26, a Nigerian national who made a living playing semi-professional football in Phnom Penh, was charged by the court Monday afternoon but would continue to be questioned by the investigating judge Tuedsay, according to deputy prosecutor Kol Bon.
“After questioning the suspect, we decided to charge him with rape,” Mr. Bon said.
Deputy municipal police chief Ouch Sopharath said that after being charged, Mr. Udoka was sent to the municipal immigration police station in Russei Keo district, where he would be held overnight before being transferred to Prey Sar prison sometime today.
Mr. Udoka was arrested at his apartment in Dangkao district’s Dangkao commune at about 8 a.m. Friday following a complaint made to police by the victim, according to district penal police chief Huor Minh Vang.
Mr. Minh Vang said Mr. Udoka took advantage of the Norwegian woman after noticing that she was intoxicated while dancing at the Cotton Club in Daun Penh district.
“At about 4 a.m. Friday morning, the female victim was drunk and went outside to call a taxi to bring her to her hotel,” he said. “The suspect pretended to be a taxi driver.”
Mr. Udoka then drove the woman to his apartment and asked her to come inside, claiming he forgot something that he needed, Mr. Minh Vang said. “However, when the female victim went inside, he locked the door, pushed her to the ground, dragged her to the kitchen and raped her,” he said.
The woman convinced Mr. Udoka to release her at about 5:30, then took a moto-taxi to the Dangkao commune police station where she filed her complaint, he added.
“After we received the complaint, we led a force to arrest the suspect.”