By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
A CONSTRUCTION worker suffering with mental health problems was jailed yesterday for raping a girl, aged five, in a pagoda last year after giving her money for sweets.
Mom Ngor, aged 20, was found guilty of the offence at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
Presiding judge Suos Sam Ath told the court that the worker had approached the girl as she was sitting under a Bohdi tree in Prek Bra pagoda, in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on March 25, 2010, at about 6pm.
“He gave 100 riels to the victim, who was sitting alone in the pagoda under the Bohdi tree, to buy the candies. Then he brought her into a dining room in the pagoda where she was raped,” he said.
“The court has found that he is a guilty man, but because he has mental health issues it is decided to sentence him a five years in jail only,” he added yesterday.
Ing Vanchhean, Mom Ngor’s lawyer, said that a doctor’s certificate stated that Mom Ngor had suffered from mental health problems since childhood.
“He cannot not speak well, and cannot count even the numbers from one to ten. I would like to ask the court to drop charges against him and release him so they he can go back to the hospital for his treatment,” he said during the hearing.
Mong Ngor had denied the charges during his trial, claiming he just bought sweets for the young girl.
A 20-year old mental man was sentenced yesterday to five years in jail over the rape of a 5-year old girl in Meanchey district, in Phnom Penh in 2010, according to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s judge.
Suos Sam Ath, Presiding Judge of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said that Mom Ngor, construction worker, was charged with raping of a girl aged less than 15 years in 2010 in Cambodia.
He added that he was arrested by police on 28th March 2010 at the Prek Bra pagoda in Prek Bra village, Prek Bra commune, Meanchey district, in Phnom Penh, based on the complaint of the victim’s family. He has successfully raped the victim at the Prek Bra Pagoda’s dinning room on 25th March 2010 at about 6 pm.
Mom Ngor declined to talk to the Phnom Penh Post yesterday. But during his hearing on May 11, 2011, he denied his charges.
“I recognized that I had really been given 100 riels to her to buy the candies but I did not rape or have sex with her,” he said.