Two Arrested in Separate Child Rape Cases

In two separate cases on Tuesday, police arrested a 61-year-old farmer in Pursat province after a couple accused him of raping their 12-year-old daughter, while authorities in Kratie province apprehended a 28-year-old man for allegedly raping an 8-year-old boy, officials said Wednesday.

Police in Pursat arrested Chan Savin in Krakor district’s Sna Ansa commune after receiving a complaint from the parents of the 12-year-old, according to deputy provincial police chief Ke Sokunthea.

Mr. Sokunthea said the girl’s parents told police that Mr. Savin first raped their daughter on Friday, and twice again on Tuesday.

“He threatened to kill the girl if she told her mother or any local people, so the girl hid the information until yesterday,” he said, explaining that the child’s mother returned to their house on Tuesday to find her daughter extremely pale and convinced her to tell her what had happened.

“That old guy came to rape the girl two times [on Tuesday] because her parents left her alone,” he said. “The suspect is a widower, so he could not control his feelings when he saw the girl alone.”

Mr. Sokunthea said Mr. Savin was being held at the provincial police station and would be sent to court today.

In Kratie, police arrested Ya Than, the 28-year-old, at his house in Sambor district’s Kompong Cham commune after the parents of his 8-year-old neighbor filed a complaint accusing him of raping their son, according to deputy district police chief Chhin Sambor.

Mr. Sambor said the rape occurred on Monday night after Mr. Than, who is unemployed, convinced the boy to accompany him to the Mekong River near their homes.

“At about 10 p.m. on Monday night, he convinced the boy to go to the riverbank and raped him there,” he said, adding that locals walking past saw Mr. Than raping the boy and intervened.

“The villagers pointed their light on [Mr. Than’s] face and then he fled from the scene immediately,” he said.

Following his arrest at his house the next day, Mr. Than confessed to raping the boy, Mr. Sambor said.

“He was drunk, does not have a wife and could not control his feelings,” he said of the man’s explanation for committing the crime.

Mr. Than will also be sent to court today, he added.

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